1. Roll up the pork belly and tie up with a cooking string.
2. Place the pork, green parts of a leek, garlic, and ginger in a large cooking pot. Pour enough water to cover the pork (I added about 3L this time).
3. Cook over high heat and bring it to a boil. Skim off any foam from the surface, then reduce the heat to low. Cover with aluminium and simmer for 2 hours, turning the pork occasionally (lowest heat).
4. Meanwhile we make the marinade sauce! In a small cooking pot, add all the marinade sauce ingredients except the grated garlic. Heat over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil. Remove from the heat and set is aside until the pork is ready.
5.After the 2 hour simmering Transfer the marinade sauce into a bowl and add the grated garlic. Take the pork out and place it on a plate. Don't throw away the broth, if you make Ramen :). Roast the outside of the pork with a cooking torch if you can.
6. Transfer the pork into the marinade sauce and coat it on all sides with it. Let it sit until it cools to room temperature.
7. Transfer the pork and sauce into a zip-lock back and marinate overnight in the fridge.
8.Next Day Transfer onto a cutting board, remove the thread and slice :)
Use it for ramen topping, char siu don or fried-rice!
Note : Keep the broth in which you boiled the pork if you are making ramen.
1. Toast garlic slices with your toaster or oven about 10 to 15 min at 170℃ until lightly browned and crispy.
2. In a wok (or frying-pan), add vegetable oil, lard, sesame oil and toasted garlic.
3. Remove 1/4 of garlic when it is lightly browned. Then another 1/4 of the garlic when a bit more browned. Then the third 1/4 of garlic is removed and once more when the garlic turns completely black. So you get garlic in 4 different colors in the end, see the picture.
4. Keep the oil you used to cook the garlic. Transfer the fried garlic to a blender and blend it until it becomes fine powder, then add 2 tbsp of the oil you kept aside. Continue to blend until you have a paste.
5. Add all the remaining oil and blend until well blended.
6. Transfer into a jar of jam or a plate.
7. Pour the "Mayu" over the ramen! Or, as it works nicely too, on fried rice, miso soup etc.....
1. In a bowl add all the seasoning ingredients and mix.
2. Place the pork in a container or ziplock bag. Add the sauce (from step 1) and Marinate 24 to 48 hours in the fridge.
3. Preheat oven to 190℃.
4. Line a tray with foil and place the marinated pork. Bake for 20 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven once and flip the pork. Bake for another 15 minutes at 200℃.
6. Remove from the oven once more and flip the pork. Cook again, 8 to 10 minutes, at 200℃.
7. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Transfer the dipping sauce from the ziplock bag to a small cooking pan and bring it to a boil. Once it has boiled, simmer for a few minutes or until the sauce has thickened a little. Set aside.
8. Wait 10-15 minutes before slicing.
9. Slice the pork thickness as per your taste, then serve with sauce!
Char Siu is good for the ramen topping, also fried rice! Or why not make the char siu buns:)
* you can add more or less, depend on how tick you want your soup.
1/2 tsp salt (if necessary)
1. In a pressure cooking pot, heat vegetable oil until hot. Add garlic, ginger and fry until just fragrant. Add the beef and cook for a few min. Then add onion, carrot and stir-fry for about 5 min or until slightly wilted.
2. Add water (1L) and beef bouillon cube. Put the lid on and lock the pressure cooker. Turn the heat to high. Once the pressure builds up, turn the heat down to low and cook at high pressure for about 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the pressure come down naturally.
3. Remove the lid, add another 800ml water. Add the seasoning (hondashi powder, soy sauce, mirin, curry powder, sugar and - optionnaly - salt.
4. Add the curry roux and bring the pot to a boil. Dissolve the roux completely. Make sure you stir once in a while so the curry will not get burnt on the bottom. Your curry soup is ready.
5. Cook noodles according to the package instructions. Meanwhile, serve curry soup in a serving bowl. Immediately place the cooked noodles in the curry soup. Top up with chopped scallion and cheese if you want. Serve hot!