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With cubes of pork braised with ginger, garlic and scallions until melt-in-your-mouth tender, this Kakuni recipe is Japanese favorite that makes for a delicious topping for ramen.

Shio Kakuni

Kakuni is a southern Japanese dish that's made by simmering cubes of pork belly in aromatics and seasonings until it's melt-in-your-mouth tender. My version uses a mild braising liquid that makes this Kakuni perfect for using as a topping for ramen, udon, rice, and even sandwiches.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword braised, pork belly, ramen
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Pork
Diet Dairy-Free, Low-Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 1302 kcal


  • 1400 grams pork belly
  • 140 grams scallions (cut into 4-inch lengths)
  • 100 grams fresh ginger (~1 1/2-inch length, sliced into coins)
  • 24 grams garlic (~4 large cloves)
  • 10 grams niboshi (~33 dried baby anchovies)
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cups sake
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pork belly. Turn down the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
    Parboiling pork belly.
  2. Drain the pork belly, rinse out the pot, and gently scrub any coagulated proteins off the surface of the pork.
    Rinsing pork belly with cold water.
  3. Cut the pork belly into 2-inch cubes and return them to the pot, along with the scallions, ginger, garlic, niboshi, water, sake, sugar, soy sauce, and salt.
    Cutting par-boiled pork belly for Kakuni.
  4. Bring this to a boil, turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, and partially cover with a lid.
    Pork belly, scallions, ginger, and niboshi braising.
  5. Simmer until the Kakuni can be cut in half with a fork (about 1 1/2 hours).
    Braised pork belly with ginger, and scallions in a dutch oven.
Nutrition Facts
Shio Kakuni
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1302 Calories from Fat 1107
% Daily Value*
Fat 123g189%
Saturated Fat 45g225%
Cholesterol 168mg56%
Sodium 1198mg50%
Potassium 601mg17%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 7.2mg9%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.