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Simmered Pork for Ramen

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Simmered pork, cut into thin slices, is used as a topping for ramen noodles. By itself, with ample coriander leaves and mustard, sliced chashu is a tasty appetizer.

Cooking Methodpoaching

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, lactose-free, low carb, peanut free, tree nut free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturegarlicky, meaty, salty, savory, spiced, umami, winey

Type of Dishsoup

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds pork belly (the cut in which fat and meat are layered, used to make bacon; Chinese butchers carry this cut)
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves peeled and halved
  • 1 ounce ginger (about the size of a table-tennis ball), peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sake (rice wine)
  • 2/3 cup shoyu (soy sauce)

Instructions

  1. Trim the skin and cut the pork across the grain into several 6- to 7-inch blocks.

  2. Put the pork pieces into a large, shallow pot in which they can fit without overlapping and cover them with water. Add the garlic, ginger, salt, sake, and shoyu. Bring the mixture to a boil, and skim any foam. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover with a drop lid, and gently simmer the pork for 40 minutes.

  3. Remove the pot from the heat, and let the pork stand in its cooking liquid for 15 minute.

  4. Remove the pork from the pot, and let the broth cool to room temperature. Use the pork in shoyu ramen, miso ramen, or chilled ramen (hiyashi chukasobk.) Reserve the broth for making sweet simmered bamboo shoots (menma,) another ramen topping. The broth is also an important ingredient in shoyu ramen.

  5. The pork and its broth keep for 1 week in the refrigerator, and can be frozen for later use.

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