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Pork Belly Miso Soup with Rice

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword creamy miso udon, dinner, japanese recipe, miso soup, pork belly miso soup, soup with rice
Author Lokness

Ingredients

  • ½ pound thinly sliced pork belly (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 dashi packets
  • 2 tablespoons red miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 6 - 7 ounces soft tofu (cut into ¼-inch cubes)
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • sesame oil
  • 3 - 4 bowls hot steamed white rice (1½ cups uncooked rice)
  • chili garlic sauce (optional for serving)

Poached eggs:

  • 2 large fresh cold eggs
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Instructions

  • In a medium pan over medium-high heat, add ½ teaspoon sesame oil. Add the pork belly and cook until slightly golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add 1 cup drinking water (cold or room temperature). Set aside.
  • For the poached egg, in a medium pan, add 2-inch of water. Bring to a simmer. Add vinegar. The water should be about 190˚F (88˚C). Crack each egg into a small bowl or measuring cup. Slowly pour the eggs into the water, leaving space in between them. Cook for 4½ minutes, without touching. Carefully transfer the eggs with a slotted spoon to the prepared bowl with the water in it. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium pot over high heat, add the water and dashi packets. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium-low heat. Cook for another 5 minutes. Discard the packets. Reduce to medium-low heat. Add the pork belly.
  • Place the miso paste in a large heatproof bowl. Add ¾ cup hot dashi. Whisk until the miso has dissolved. Return the miso broth back to dashi. Add the tofu and heat until just warmed through.
  • To assembly, place the rice into two serving bowls. Scoop pork, tofu and soup over rice. Top with poached eggs. Sprinkle green onions over. Serve immediately with chili garlic sauce.

Notes

  1. Pork belly is optional if you prefer no meat. It is just as good.
  2. Dashi packets can be bought from Japanese supermarkets or Amazon.
  3. A mix of red and white miso makes a better miso soup. But if you can’t find both, you can use only 1. I think white miso is more versatile. If you are planning to buy 1 type of miso, white miso will be your choice.
  4. Fresh eggs make better poached eggs, as older egg white spreads out more.
  5. The reason to place the poached eggs in water is that it's the safest way to keep the egg in whole without breaking. 
  6. Chili garlic sauce can be found in all Asian supermarkets or Amazon.
(Adapted from The Kitchn and Alton Brown via Food Network)