Braised Pork with Ginger-Pickled Shishito Peppers
- ACTIVE: 45 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS 45 MIN Plus overnight pickling
- SERVINGS: 4
Braised pork over rice with a fried egg and pickled peppers may sound eclectic, but "it's a combination of two of my favorite Japanese dishes," Sang Yoon explains: donburi (meat and an egg with rice) and kakuni (slow-braised pork served with hot mustard).
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
- 1/4 pound shishito peppers (see Note)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 pounds trimmed boneless pork shoulder or butt in one piece
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup mirin
- 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 3 large garlic cloves, smashed
- 1 medium white onion, sliced
- One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 4 large eggs
- Steamed rice, for serving
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard dissolved in 2 teaspoons of hot water
- In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil with the sugar and salt. Add the vinegar, ginger and peppers. Transfer to a heatproof bowl; let cool. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 1 week.
- Preheat the oven to 300°. In a medium enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season the pork with salt and black pepper and add to the casserole. Cook over moderately high heat, turning a few times, until richly browned, 12 minutes; transfer to a plate.
- Pour off the fat in the casserole. Return the pork to the casserole. Add the stock, mirin, soy sauce, garlic, onion, ginger and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and braise in the oven for 3 hours, turning the pork once, until the meat is very tender. Transfer the pork to a work surface; slice into 4 equal pieces. Strain the braising liquid. Return the meat to the casserole, top with the liquid, cover and simmer until warm.
- In a nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Crack in the eggs and fry them over easy over moderate heat. Spoon rice into bowls and top with the pork. Ladle the braising liquid over the meat and top with the eggs. Garnish with the peppers, scallions and a dab of mustard and serve.
To go with the rich pork, try a funky, sour Flemish red ale like Rodenbach or La Roja from Michigan's Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.