Sliced side pork
I have just over a pound of sliced side pork. From what I understand, side pork is the same cut as bacon, but not cured/smoked. I tried frying up a couple pieces like bacon, and they don't taste very good at all.
What can I do with this stuff? Braise it maybe?
My friend gave me an AMAZING recipe of Miso soup made with pork belly. She is Japanese and a great cook, and her soup is simply delicious. Here is the recipe:
Pork Miso Soup – Tonjiru
Pork Belly 0.5lb
Potato 1 or 2
Carrot 1 or 2
Onion 1 or 2
Daikon (White long Japanese radish) Half
Gobou (Roots veggies) 1
Tofu (both firm and soft is okay) 1
Grean onions to serve
Miso 3 table spoon
Dashi (Fish flavor powder) 1 table spoon
Sake (Cooking alcohol) 3 table spoon
Sugar or Mirin (mix of cooking alcohol and sugar) 1 table spoon
Stir fry sliced pork belly, potato, carrot, onion, Daikon with oil (I use sesame oil)
Add water to the pot to simmer.
When meat and veggies are cooked, add sliced Gobou and Tofu to cook for 5 min. (If you cook Gobou too much, it will lose the good taste, also wash Gobou gently and do not peel)
Add Miso, Dashi, Sake Sugar /Mirin.
Taste and adjust seasoning
Serve with green onions.
I also add Japanese mushrooms to the recipe
I have eaten sidepork since I was a kid and my mom use to fry it up. There are not many stores that carry sidepork. It is not cured but it is definitely not the same thing as uncured bacon..it is ten times better. The only way I have ever had it is sliced like bacon. Salt and pepper it (plenty of pepper), then slow fry it till crispy, which will be just short of the frying pan starting to burn. Smells up the kitchen but it is well worth it. You can also lay the sidepork on a cooking sheet and stick it in the oven but it takes a long time that way and is not quite as good. Give it a few minutes to cool as it will get crispier (if you fried it long enough). Love it!!
Side pork is the cut adjacent to the belly but further up the sides of the animal, hence "side pork" or "side meat". The main difference between the two is side pork has more meat than fat and belly has more fat than meat. Slow braising is the way to go with either and you can use side pork in just about any pork belly recipe. If you leave the skin on you might want to score it with a knife and thoroughly brown that side in a skillet before braising.
Neither is a substitute for bacon. Bacon is a cured product and can be made from belly (this is what is generically called bacon), loin (Canadian bacon), shoulder (buckboard bacon), and maybe some other cuts I never heard about. Raw side meat is worthless as a seasoning, but it will add some collagen to a stew.
Wait a minute! You said sliced. How thin? If the side meat was cut up like sliced bacon, I have no idea what you could do with it.
Hi.. I buy sliced side pork all the time..i fry it like you would fry bacon . i place in frying pan and put salt and pepper on it and fry until crispy ..then i place a couple pieces in a piece of bread and fold over to make a sandwich..the lard in the frying pan i use to fry eggs in it..I think side pork is better then bacon if you fry it very crispy...