Succulent braised pork recipe

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Soft, jiggly pork belly. Decadent, luscious sauce. My North Korean Grandmother’s Braised Pork Belly recipe is so good, you’ll be scraping the bowl clean.


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In the summer of 1947, my grandparents paid someone lớn smuggle them out of North Korea.

For two weeks, my newly married grandparents traveled across rivers và mountains. They walked at night và slept during the day. They defecated in holes dug with sticks and covered up their tracks so that no one could follow them. They went up & down so many mountains (Korea is called the land of 1000 mountains) that my 18 year old Halmoni thought she was going to die.

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Many years later, she immigrated khổng lồ America with their husband and sons. This easy braised pork belly dish was one of the recipes she brought with her!

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What is Korean Braised Pork Belly?

Rich & stewy, Korean Braised Pork Belly is my North Korean Grandmother’s recipe. We called it Doenjang Dwaeji Gogi or Soybean Paste Pork.

Thick, meaty chunks of pork belly are braised until soft, tender, jiggly, and luscious. A generous scoop of doenjang (Korean fermented soybean paste) creates a savory, pungent sauce that clings và coats the meat.

Out of all the family dishes my Korean grandmother cooks — this one is especially treasured. I will be cooking this for my own grandkids one day!

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Ingredients:

Doenjang. Korean fermented soybean paste. Use the best you can find. Pork Belly. Look for nicely marbled pieces that contain an equal amount of fat and meat. It doesn’t matter if the pork belly is skinned or not — the long braising time will break it down regardless. Ginger. The classic aromatic that pairs well with pork.Instant Coffee. Optional ingredient but a classic Korean way khổng lồ remove the gamey smell of meat. Leave out if you don’t have it. Mirin. Sweet Korean cooking wine. Soy Sauce. For more flavor and depth.

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Jalapeno. When stewed, adds richness and depth of flavor. Results in a subtly spicy dish.

Instructions:

Slice pork belly into 1/2-inch strips & place in a large pot. Add remaining ingredients and water. Cover & cook until pork belly is soft và tender, about 30 minutes. The sauce will be watery.Remove lid và simmer until sauce is thick and reduced, about 10-15 minutes. The pork belly and sauce should darken. Serve with lettuce wraps, rice, gochujang sauce, and kimchi. Enjoy!
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1. Add ingredients to a pot.
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2. Cover and cook until soft.
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3. Remove lid & reduce sauce.4. Serve with lettuce wraps, rice, kimchi, và gochujang sauce!

How vì chưng I serve Korean Braised Pork Belly?

To cut the rich fattiness of the dish, serve with lettuce wraps and Gochujang Sauce on the side. Also, kimchi!

Also, make sure lớn include plenty of rice. The saucy richness of this dish begs to be spooned over rice!

For a party, địa chỉ other side dishes (banchan) lớn make it feel lượt thích a feast:

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Doenjang is Korean fermented soybean paste. Lượt thích all other fermented foods, it’s strongly flavored and absolutely delicious. Doenjang is also probiotic and packed with good-for-your-gut nutrition.

Doenjang is similar to Miso paste in that they are both fermented soybean pastes. However, Miso is fermented with Koji, a sweet rice starter that results in a milder, sweeter flavor. Doenjang is fermented with only salt, creating a deeply rich & potent flavor base!