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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 1302kcal


  • 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
  • ¾ cups sake
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 1302kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 123g | Saturated Fat: 45g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 1198mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.9mg