Braised Pork Belly
Low Carbohydrate Recipe
Tender, sumptuous pork that is very good with hot mustard and cooked chunks of daikon radish or cabbage. It is great cold with salad and a few cucumber slices.
3 pounds boneless pork belly
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup milk
3-1/2 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2-1/2 cups dashi or chicken stock
3/4 cup sake
3 tablespoons sweetener (such as Stevia)
4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
4 green onions
Cut the pork into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and stir-fry the pork in batches until lightly browned. Transfer the pork to a colander and pour boiling water over the pork to remove the oil.
Transfer the pork to a large pot. Add the milk, half of the sliced ginger and enough water to comfortably cover the pork. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered for 40 minutes. Remove from the heat and still partially covered with a lid, let a very thin stream of cold tap water pour into the pot to cool the pork. Let the water trickle into the pork for 20 minutes. Drain the pork and remove the ginger.
Return the pork to the pot and add the remaining ginger, chicken stock and sake. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer, partially covered with a lid. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the Splenda and cook for 15 minutes longer. Add the soy and cook for 5 minutes. Cut the green onions into 1-inch pieces, add to the pot and simmer for 2 minutes longer.
Recipe makes 6 servings
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