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saucedjen Jun 28, 2010 06:41 PM

I hope a chowhounder can help me with this. I bought pre-wrapped pork belly from a Korean grocery thinking that I was buying a 3.5-pound whole slab. It turns out what I bought was sliced pork belly. I was going to try the recipe below and I have the meat marinating, but now I don't know how to cook it. Will the slices be able to stand a 5-hour braise, or will they fall apart? So how else to do it? Sauteing? I bought all the vegetables and really want to be able to use them. Any suggestions welcome!

3 pounds pork belly
2 cups beef stock or low-sodium canned beef broth
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
1/4 cup peeled, finely grated fresh ginger
1 bunch green onions , trimmed and sliced
3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
-- Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
1 star anise pod
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 large onion, very thickly sliced
1 small leek, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch lengths
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
1 small bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
1 small bunch fresh cilantro

The instructions are to either braise in the oven at 250 degrees for five hours, or cook seven hours in a slow cooker with the marinade as the liquid base, along with the leek, carrots and onion.

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    Chocolatemama Jun 28, 2010 08:15 PM

    If it were me, I would follow the same directions but cut the cooking time. I would think a couple of hours would do it, but you can always check on it and stop cooking when it's done to your liking. Hope that helps!

    1. Zeldog Jun 28, 2010 08:44 PM

      I would not cut down the cooking time as drastically as Chocolatemama suggests. For such a slow braise the shape of the meat won't make much difference at all. Just check the doneness of the meat an hour or so early, and go longer than 5 hours if you need to. Never trust a recipe, especially the first time.

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        OnkleWillie Jun 28, 2010 08:59 PM

        I do a somewhat similar recipe that involves 2 1/2 pounds of pork belly that is cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes. I simmer it covered and it is done in 2 -2 1/2 hours.

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          tastesgoodwhatisit Jun 29, 2010 02:46 AM

          There's a Chinese dish that stirfries sliced pork belly with green onions, garlic and lots of black pepper - it's quite tasty.

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            joonjoon Jun 29, 2010 08:29 AM

            When the meat is done marinating, grill/pan sear it. That's how it was intended to be cooked..

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              Rayne Oct 8, 2010 08:01 PM

              you can use them for a different recipe also. Place the slices in a large gal. ziplock bag. Add 1 part vingear, 2 parts soy sauce, 2-3 crushed cloves of garlic, and couple tablespoons of sugars. Let marinate - longer the better. Then grill.

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