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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.36 / 5 (22 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
40 min

Pork belly is a cheap but delicious cut of meat, and Jun Tanaka makes the best of its fatty texture in a meltingly good soy-based hot pot


1. Pour the chicken stock into a pan along with the caster sugar, mirin, rice vinegar and two tablespoons of the soy sauce. Bring to a simmer and add the ginger, chilli, garlic and lemongrass. Simmer for ten minutes, or until aromatic.

2. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and fry the pork belly slices on both sides for 3-4 minutes on both sides, or until golden-brown. Add the remaining soy sauce and cook for a further 30 seconds.

3. Add the pork to the simmering stock pan and cook for 20 minutes with a lid on, or until the pork is tender and falling apart. Add the mushrooms and pak choi and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the pak choi has wilted.

4. Ladle the hot pot into deep bowls and garnish with the spring onions and a drizzle of sesame oil.


  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cm ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red chilli, seeds removed, sliced
  • 2 sticks lemongrass, soft parts sliced into rings
  • drizzle vegetable oil
  • 300 g pork belly, thinly sliced
  • 2 pak choi
  • 4 oyster mushrooms, torn into strips
  • sesame oil

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GreetV37270 GreetV37270  Posted 20 Feb 2012 12:18 PM

hi all, i made this recipe and was well happy, i also made it by varying it a little,i cut thinly a cheap pork shank,and used thinly shredded white cabbage. brill

eldonA41799 eldonA41799  Posted 23 Jan 2012 9:17 AM

You could bulk this out and make it into chinese soup noodles by serving it with a base of rice vermicelli noodles cooked in advance.

V88 V88  Posted 02 Nov 2011 11:12 PM

This is so delicious, it's unbelievable how easy it is to make! As Jun says on the video, it tastes like it's come out of a chinese restaurant it's that tasty! Amazing dish!

gingedave gingedave Posted 02 Jul 2009 12:03 PM

This is the most delicious

gingedave gingedave Posted 15 May 2009 7:51 PM

since seeing this on tv, my wife has asked me to cook this 5 times, it has quickly become one of our favourites

bucko11 bucko11 Posted 20 Apr 2009 11:41 AM

I made this last night it was delicious, absolutley fantastic recipe.

richardM52886 richardM52886 Posted 28 Mar 2009 4:23 PM

Thank you very much that's very decent of you

richardM52886 richardM52886 Posted 19 Mar 2009 6:02 PM

It looked like Jun only put about a tablespoon of vinegar into the stock. Jun also said, just do it to taste, so if you need more you can add more.

HelenM41471 HelenM41471 Posted 18 Mar 2009 11:22 PM

Also no there's no garlic on there

richardM52886 richardM52886 Posted 17 Mar 2009 9:43 PM

Am i blind or do the ingredients not show rice vinegar. HELP how much do i need

richardM52886 richardM52886 Posted 17 Mar 2009 9:38 PM