1. Roll up the pork belly and tie up with a cooking string.
2. Place the pork, green parts of a leek, garlic, and ginger in a large cooking pot. Pour enough water to cover the pork (I added about 3L this time).
3. Cook over high heat and bring it to a boil. Skim off any foam from the surface, then reduce the heat to low. Cover with aluminium and simmer for 2 hours, turning the pork occasionally (lowest heat).
4. Meanwhile we make the marinade sauce! In a small cooking pot, add all the marinade sauce ingredients except the grated garlic. Heat over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil. Remove from the heat and set is aside until the pork is ready.
5.After the 2 hour simmering Transfer the marinade sauce into a bowl and add the grated garlic. Take the pork out and place it on a plate. Don't throw away the broth, if you make Ramen :). Roast the outside of the pork with a cooking torch if you can.
6. Transfer the pork into the marinade sauce and coat it on all sides with it. Let it sit until it cools to room temperature.
7. Transfer the pork and sauce into a zip-lock back and marinate overnight in the fridge.
8.Next Day Transfer onto a cutting board, remove the thread and slice :)
Use it for ramen topping, char siu don or fried-rice!
Note : Keep the broth in which you boiled the pork if you are making ramen.
Asian & Wafu, Asian Noodles, Bread & Pizza, Cooking, Cooking Recipe, Everyday cooking, Rice
Servings: about 12 to 15 gyoza wrappers
100g cake flour/plain flour (T45)
1/3 tsp fine salt
1/2 tbsp rice flour (optional)
50ml boiled water
1. Add flour, salt and rice flour into a large bowl and stir well. Add hot water and stir with a rubber spatula. Then knead the dough by hand for about 1 to 2 minutes until it gets smooth. You can shape it into a ball.
2. Let the dough sit in the bowl for about 15 min, covered with a damp cloth.
3. Remove the bowl of your stand mixer and attach the pasta roller to it.
4. Take some of the dough (about 1/3), shape into an oval. Flatten it and dust it with flour on both sides.
5. Feed the dough through the pasta roller (setting 1 - thickest), at least 3 to 5 times or until the dough is smooth. Turn dial to the thickness setting 3 or 4 and run the dough through once or twice. Repeat (once or twice) at each following position until you reach setting 8. The target thickness really depends on your own preference. I like thin skin, so I roll it until setting 8 :)
6. Lay the rolled out sheet of dough on a cutting board and cut it out, using a circle cookie cutter (8~9cm diameter suggested). Dust the cut out wrappers with katakuriko/potato starch and set aside. Repeat as many times as you can.
Gather all the scrap dough, put it all together and re-roll it a few times until it becomes thin layers again.
1. Cut parchment paper to fit the baking pan (18cm x 18cm x H6cm here). Scatter the sugar crystals over the base of the mold. Set aside.
2. In a small cup, combine honey, glucose syrup and boiling water until smooth. Set aside.
3. Lightly beat the eggs and sugar (white and brown) in a heat-safe bowl, then set over a water bath, beat with an electric hand mixer (at medium speed, not high) until the egg mixture reaches 30°C on a thermometer.
4. Remove from the hot water bath, and continue beating for about 2 minutes at lowest speed.
5. Pour honey mixture from #2 and continue mixing until well combined at lowest speed.
6. Pre-heat the oven to 170℃.
7. Add sifted flour in 3 times. Beat well (at lowest speed) at each addition. Pour the cake batter over the crystal sugar in the prepared mold. Run a spatula through the mixture to remove any air bubbles, and smoothen the surface of the batter with a pastry scraper.
8. Bake the castella for 2 minutes at 170℃, remove from the heat and run a spatula through the mixture to remove any air bubbles. Put it back to the oven and repeat this process 2 more time.
9. Now bake the castella for 10 minutes at 170℃. Then reduce the heat to 150℃, and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes (in doubt insert a thin skewer in the cake, it should come out clean).
10. Remove from the oven and drop down the castella cake (with the mold) over your worktop from about 15cm high. Remove from the cake mold.
11. Place saran wrap over the top of castella tightly and flip the castella cake. Cover the cake with saran wrap completely (all sides) and let it sit wrapped overnight, keeping the top side facing down. This is at room temperature.
12. Unwrap the castella, gently peel off parchment paper. Slice off the sides of the castella with a sharp bread knife and cut castella into 2 halves. Then cut in (approx) 3cm thick slices.
About the edges of the castella, leftover from the slicing at the end : don't throw them away, you can make delicious rusks with :)
1. Place the edge of castella onto a baking sheet, and bake them for 10 minutes at 160℃ (pre-heated).
2. Turn off the oven (but do not open the door yet), leave for 8 to 10 minutes. Finally remove from the oven and spread on a rack until they cool down. It will be so crispy!