Half a female pork belly
5 L master stock
90 g shiro miso
60 g caster sugar
35 ml mirin
35 ml sake
2 peeled and deseeded green apples
4 peeled and deseeded Nashi pears
20 m lemon juice
30 ml sake
30 ml mirin
15 g butter
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
50 ml rice vinegar
50 g caster sugar
75 ml water
Sakura wood chip for smoking
Katakuriko (potato starch)
In a pot, bring master stock to a boil and skim off any scum.
Place the pork belly in a deep tray and cover with the master stock. Cook on steam at 75 degrees for 12 hours. Carefully lift the belly out of the stock and place on a tray to cool in the fridge overnight – placing a weight on top to press the belly flat.
Strain the master stock of any sediment and keep for another time (we have been using the same master stock at Yamagen for 18 months).
Incorporate all ingredients in a metal bowl, then cook out over a water bath…this will take some time.
The result you are looking for is that the sugar is dissolved, all the alcohol cooked out and the consistency has become thicker. It should taste rich, salty and sweet.
Place the butter and spices in a pot, over a low heat. Add the Nashi, apple and lemon juice and sweat for a couple of minutes.
Add the sake and mirin and continue to cook over a medium to low heat – reduce the sake and mirin without overcooking the Nashi and apple. Take out the cinnamon stick and puree the mixture in a liquidiser.
Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
Cover the bowl with cling wrap so it is airtight, pierce the cling wrap with a knife, place the tube of a smoking gun in the hole and smoke.
Trim the edges of the pork belly, score the skin with a sharp knife in a crisscross pattern. Cut into bite size pieces.
Lightly coat in katakuriko and fry for about five minutes.
Heat the Nashi puree in a pan, smear a good tablespoon’s worth on a serving plate. Arrange pork belly on top of puree and add one drop of wasabi oil to each piece. Drizzle the den miso over the pork belly, not too much as it will overpower the dish.
Finely slice the watermelon radish, cut a fresh Nashi into matchsticks and dress with the smoked vinegar. Arrange on top of the pork belly, garnish with micro coriander.
Recipe provided by Yamagen