Japanese Char Siu

Slow cooked pork marinated in green tea.

Method

1) Brine the pork: rub the pork with salt and leave for 10 minutes and then dry it by wiping with paper towels.

2) Tie the pork shoulder with string to keep its shape or if using an unrolled pork belly, trim off any excess fat, roll, tie tightly and strain it.

3) In a very hot pan, sear the pork on each side until golden brown in colour. Rinse off the grease with boiling water.

4) Use a big pot or pressure cooker. Put the pork and ingredients from list A into the pot, bring to the boil and simmer for 50 minutes or in a pressure cooker for 25 minutes after the pin stands.

5) Discard the green tea-bag from the pot and skim the scum away. Then add the ingredients from list B and bring back to the boil and simmer for 55 minutes or pressure cook for 30 minutes.

6) Remove from the pot and let it cool down and soak in the sauce overnight in the fridge.

7) Use a slicing knife to slice thinly (a good thickness to aim for is between 5mm-1cm, it depends on how you like it). It is best to slice just before serving or if you have prepared the dish early, leave the slices in some sauce to soak and keep their moisture.

Ingredients

Sea Salt 1 tbsp
Shoulder Of Pork Belly Joint 1kg

List A

Green Tea In The Tea Bag 1
Fresh Ginger 3cm
Cloves Of Garlic 2
Leeks 2
Water 700ml

List B

Water 150ml
Brown Sugar 3 tbsp
Dried Kombu 15 cm
Mirin 50ml
Sake 100 ml
Soy Sauce 150 ml

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