Braised Pork Belly Onigiri

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Onigiri: Fun and creative recipes for Japanese rice balls

By Sanae Inada

Published 2018

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Most Japanese families swear by their own version of buta no kakuni or braised pork belly—every household has its own special recipe. The key to a delicious dish is in the softness of the pork belly—the best braised pork belly should melt in your mouth.



  1. Make braised pork belly. Heat oil in a pot and cook pork belly until slightly browned. Add water and bring to boil. Skim the surface with a slotted spoon to remove any impurities. Add sugar, soy sauce, sake and ginger. Lower heat and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. To form onigiri, scoop one-quarter of the rice into a bowl. Make a