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The Mouse bought pork belly from the warehouse.

Pork Belly

Plan was for shoyu pork. Trying to follow Chef C’s method. The Mouse ran out of energy at the end. Stopped 3/4 of the way through.

Parboiled the pork, drained the water, washed the pork.

Clean water, enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, whiskey, and vinegar.

Enoki Mushroom


Shiitake Mushrooms

Plan was after simmering for hour to hour-half, take the pork out and steam with shoyu mixture. Chef C’s theory is that if the pork is simmered in the shoyu mixture first, the meat cannot soften, stays tough. The Shoyu flavor doesn’t penetrate the meat as deep, but the texture is softer.

But … The Mouse ran out of energy to complete the shoyu steam portion.

Shoyu pork became pork belly soup with mushrooms.

Pork Belly Soup

The Cat didn’t mind. The texture of the pork was perfect.

The Cat’s Dinner Tray

Pork belly soup, pan-seared Napa cabbage with bamboo shoot, bamboo rice, Chinese rice vinegar (for dipping the pork).

A happy accident.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse


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Bone Broth

The last of the 9 pounds of pork bones The Mouse got/bought from the warehouse. Maybe the best of the lot, a few rib meat parts, and a couple of piggy tails.

After the par-boil, separated the rib meat and tails from the rest of the bones. Regular soup stock, water, bones, vinegar, whiskey.

The rib and tail pieces, whiskey, shoyu, dark soy, sesame seeds, ginger, bamboo shoot. Steamed.

Steamed Pork Bits with Bamboo Shoot

This is going into a future bento for The Cat.

The broth is base for The Cat’s dinner bowls.

Pork Bone Broth Vegetable Soup

With a piece of leftover roast duck, pork bones (for the marrow), cucumber, wood ear fungus, and celery.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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More Tonkotsu Broth

Second of three bags of pork bones. Same same, parboil, rinse, clean water, ginger, whiskey, vinegar, simmer for hours.

The Cat’s Bowl of Soup

The spicy bamboo shoot really gives the soup an added flavor. The Cat slurped.

Pulled out a couple of pieces of rib meat from the bag of bones. Steamed with vodka and shoyu.

Steamed Pork Riblets

The Cat said not bad.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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This week’s soup bones.

Pork Bones

Not sure which bones these are, not leg bones, not ribs, possibly neck. Not too much marrow. Cooked a shorter time than the feet, took out the bones and shredded the meat.

Soup Meat

The Mouse not decided what to do with the meat yet.

Bitter Melon

Farmers market. May go into the shredded pork meat soup, maybe not. Dunno.

Potato and Butterfish

Leftover banchan from The Mouse’s lunch, small piece of miso butterfish from the grocery store. Super easy, toaster oven 10 to 12 minutes.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Simple Soup

Picked up at the grocery store.

Pork Riblets

Trimmings to make the pork ribs even. Butcher at the warehouse said these are “scrap”.

The Mouse parboiled, washed, then simmered for about 45 minutes with the remaining dried bamboo.

Simple Soup

Added whiskey to finish. Soup will not gel, not much collagen, but The Cat said tasty.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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