Braised pork with radish

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 Preparation: 15 minutes | Cook: 1 hours 15 minutes      13 ingredients      daikon  December 18, 2021  Jump to Recipe  Print Recipe

I’ve been cooking daikon radishes (also known as mooli, or bai luo bo) quite often lately. It’s definitely the time to enjoy this root vegetable. The days are getting colder and drier. Even in Texas, people bundle up in the early morning and at night. Daikon radishes are said khổng lồ boost the immune system, control blood pressure, and increase metabolism.

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I previously talked about my efforts to lớn turn my husband & my sons into daikon eaters. My sons were much easier to persuade than my husband when it came lớn daikon. But today’s recipe is an exception. My husband loves this Daikon and Braised Pork Belly dish so much that he thinks the daikon is the MVP of this dish. The daikon complements pork belly extremely well, neutralizing the fat, and adding refreshment khổng lồ the aromatic pork belly. Don’t be scared by the red oil floating on top. The red oil is from the Pixian Douban (郫县豆瓣酱),1 which is a type of spicy bean sauce. But the sauce is not that hot at all. It gives out a combination of savory, subtlety sweet, và mild spicy flavor. Both my 2-year-old & 5-year-old sons can tolerate it with no problem.

If you can’t find Pixian Douban (郫县豆瓣酱), for this dish you can use other types of douban jiang or even Soy Bean Sauce (黄豆酱). No salt is needed since the combination of Pixian Douban và soy sauce is salty enough.

Don’t throw away the liquid sauce after consuming the solids from the dish. I often use the leftover sauce to braise more daikon (by itself) the next day & the result is equally fantastic.

If you like braised pork belly, try my other braised pork belly recipe: Red Braised Pork Belly. They are quite different in terms of taste. If you lượt thích daikon, you can try my Daikon Pork Bone Soup and Daikon Beef Meat Pies.

Low Carb

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 90 minutes

Servings: 2-4 people

Ingredients:

1 lb (~450 g) pork belly1 medium daikon radish1 1-inch long piece of ginger3-5 garlic cloves2 green onions (green parts only)2 star anise1 tablespoon light soy sauce1 teaspoon dark soy sauce1 tablespoon rice wine1 teaspoon sugar1 teaspoon vegetable oil~1 cup of hot water

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Preparation:

Cut the pork belly into 1 to lớn 1.5-inch cubes. Peel the daikon radish và cut the daikon into similar sized cubes.

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Peel and cut the ginger & garlic into small pieces. Cut the green parts of the green onions into small pieces. Set aside.
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Heat a wok under medium heat. When the wok is getting warm, showroom the 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Then add the pork belly cubes. Lightly fry the pork belly on all sides until golden brown & oil seeps out. Transfer the pork belly cubes out. Leave the oil in the wok.
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Lower the heat to lớn medium-low. địa chỉ the ginger, garlic, và star anise. Stir once or twice until the fragrance comes out. địa chỉ cửa hàng the 2 teaspoons of Pixian Douban, stirring for a few seconds until well mixed. Showroom the pork belly cubes back. Also địa chỉ cửa hàng the 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of rice wine, and 1 teaspoon of sugar, stirring lớn combine.
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Pour in the ~1 cup of hot water. The water should cover most of the pork belly cubes. Raise the heat to medium-high until liquid boils. Then lower the heat back to lớn medium-low or low. Cover the lid and let the pork belly simmer in liquid for 40 minutes.
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When the 40 minutes are up, showroom the daikon cubes, gently mixing & turning the daikon cubes (don’t worry if there is not enough liquid lớn fully cover all the daikon cubes. There will be more liquid after the daikon cooks và releases liquid. Simmer everything for another trăng tròn to 30 minutes. Turn the daikon pieces over once in between.
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Turn off the heat and sprinkle the sliced green onions on top. Enjoy with rice!
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Bon Appétit