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Soy Braised Pork Belly and Eggs

Patience is a virtue with this delicious traditional Japenese dish. The word “Kaukni” translates to square simmered, which is how the delicious pork belly is prepared in this slow cooked meal. The use of exceptional artisan products such as our Bourbon Barrel Foods, handcrafted Bluegrass Soy Sauce makes this dish shine even brighter. Bluegrass Soy Sauce is made in Louisville, Kentucky, using locally harvested spring water from the bluegrass state, non-GMO soybeans, and soft red winter wheat. The use of naturally harvested, farmer owned, and local product shows through in all of Bourbon Barrel Foods products and is a part of our mission. The soy sauce is the only one of its kind because it is aged for a year in reclaimed bourbon barrels straight from Kentucky’s bourbon country. It is considered America’s only microbrewed soy sauce. The soy sauce has a robust flavor profile with notes of smokey, oaky undertones. There is never any chemical taste that can be found in lesser quality soy sauces, and it’s these details that make this meal extra special.

Togarashi is a traditional Japenese seven spice blend. We have turned it up a notch making it Bourbon Smoked Togarashi, using a base of our Bourbon Smoked Pepper, Bourbon Smoked Sesame Seeds, and Nori. Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed, and it is what helps create such an exotic flavor in the Togarashi spice.

Soy Braised Pork Belly and Eggs

This soy braised recipe is sure to become one of your new favorite dishes.

  • 2.5 lbs pork belly (port butt or shoulder for a leaner cut of meat, if desired)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 sm leek (washed)
  • 2 scallions (washed )
  • 2 thumb sized pieces of ginger (sliced)
  • 6 eggs

For the braising liquid

  • 1/2 tsp dashi powder
  • 5 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sake or dry sherry
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon Smoked Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Bluegrass Soy Sauce
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger (sliced)
  • 1 mild green chili pepper
  • 1 tbsp Bourbon Smoked Togarashi (for garnishing)
  1. Cut the pork belly into 2-inch square pieces 

  2. Heat a heavy, large, low-sided pot over medium high heat and add the oil.

  3. Add the pork belly in a single layer and brown on all sides until nicely colored.

  4. Remove and transfer to a paper towel lined plate

  5. Repeat with any remaining pork.

  6. wipe out any excess fat from the pot.

  7. Cut the green part of the leek into 2 inch pieces

  8. Add the browned pork, green leek, scallions, and sliced ginger to the pot.

  9. Add enough water to cover.

  10. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer

  11. Partially cover with a lid and let cook for 2-3 hours, turning meat occasionally. (The longer you simmer the more tender the meat will be.)

  12. Add more water if needed to keep meat covered.

Make the boiled eggs.

  1. Add 6 eggs to a pot and cover with water.

  2. Heat over high heat and bring to a boil

  3. Lower heat to a simmer and let cook for 9 minutes.

  4. Drain water and place eggs in an ice bath to cool off completely.

  5. Once cool, peel eggs and set aside.

Final braising liquid.

  1. In a large pot add all of the ingredients for the final braising liquid. 

  2. Remove the pork from the first pot and add to the final braising liquid.

  3. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

  4. Partially cover with a lid.

  5. Simmer for 30 minutes.

  6. Remove the lid and add the boiled eggs to the pot.

  7. Simmer with the lid off for another 30 minutes, rotating the meat and the eggs in the sauce occasionally. 

  8. Cook until the sauce is reduced and the meat is nicely glazed

  9. Serve with a perfectly cooked bowl of white rice.

This dish can be made ahead of time. Cool off completely before refrigerating. The next day, a layer of fat will form on the surface and can be easily stopped off with a spoon. Reheat gently on the stove to serve.