Feb 2, 2010

Stewed "Fatty" Pork and Daikon - 蘿蔔燉肉

Wanna know how feels like when your food just melt in your mouth?
I'm not talking about ice cream or yogurt here,
I'm talking about stewed **FATTY** pork and daikon!
(Note: daikon is a type of Asian radish)

And this is no kid's business when I said **FATTY** pork- 


1-1.5 lbs of **FATTY** pork
1.5 lbs of daikon
8 garlic cloves
4 slices of ginger
2 stalks of scallion
8 cups of water
7 tablespoons of soy sauce
5 tablespoons of oyster sauce
3 tablespoons of mirin
2 tablespoons of sake
1 tablespoon of brown sugar


This is a fairly simple recipe,
I guess that's true for most of the stewed dishes,
All you need is some patience, and possibly some love!

The only complicating part for this dish is probably the preparation step,
But how hard can this be?
Simple peel the garlic cloves,
Remove the stems from the scallion and give it two chops,
Slice the ginger,
Peel the daikon and slice it, about the thickness of your ring finger,
Cube the pork into large big sizes,
That's it, all these work can be done in 10 minutes!

So what's next?
Just mix all the ingredients in a large pot except for the pork and daikon,
Bring to a boil and toss in the pork and daikon,
Bring to a boil again and turn to small medium heat,
I also put the lid on to keep the heat inside the pot.

Just let it simmer for 4 hours,
Well, 2 hours will do the work, but 4 hours really makes the meat melt in your mouth.
Because after cooking for couple hours, some of the pork fat will be rendered into the pot,
As you keep simmering the food, the pork just keeps cooking within its own fat,
How good can that be!

Close up view-

This is also a perfect dish to make ahead of time,
The flavor actually soaks into the meat and daikon if you leave it in the fridge overnight.

*I can eat this everyday!

Cindy's Rating: 9


  1. Ahh! So FATTY! Pork belly? Looks just like bacon :). Usually I get a leaner cut of pork but still with a top fatty skin part for stewed cooking.

  2. To EatTravelEat~
    Yes I love fatty stuff!! It was like oozing in my mouth! So yummy!

  3. 4 hrs?!??!?!? I really can't wait that long....

  4. To Tigerfish~
    Haha I know, I can't wait too. I used to stew it for 2 hours only, but I was like maybe I'll just give it a try. Turned out great though! I guess in the future I'll always stew it for 4 hours!

  5. This looks incredibly delicious and I will have to try this recipe. I love pork belly and sometimes cook it in garlic and fermented bean curd. I really enjoy your blog!

  6. To Jen~. Thank you so much!! Any comment means a lot to me!! I'll have to try your way of making pork too!! Sounds delicious!!

  7. To Little Sugar~
    Thank you so much!! I hope you enjoyed the dish (if you did try to make it!)