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Stir-Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi (Jaeyook Bokkeum - 제육 볶음)

Stir-Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi (Jaeyook Bokkeum - 제육 볶음)

Stir-Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi (Jaeyook Bokkeum - 제육 볶음)
Stir-Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi (Jaeyook Bokkeum - 제육 볶음)
Stir-Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi (Jaeyook Bokkeum - 제육 볶음)
Stir-Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi (Jaeyook Bokkeum - 제육 볶음)
Stir-Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi (Jaeyook Bokkeum - 제육 볶음)

Whew, just got back from a weekend in the Catskills with the fam-fam, aka lots of swimming and frisbee and tubing down the Delaware River not unlike George Washington. (But kind of a lot unlike George Washington.) The funnest part was that the whole time we were literally floating on the border between Pennsylvania and New York. It made me feel like some kind of teleporting explorer who's in two places at once.

And then I sang Footloose at the top of my lungs because thinking about disapparation is a concept that stresses me out when I think about it for too long. The same goes for when everybody sitting around the s'mores fire started Googling how far away is Polaris and the answer was 433 lightyears. That number is now etched in my brain and I started crying because thinking about things that are so far away melts my mind.

Did I tell you (and this is semi-related) that I took an IQ test last week and I got a 52? It was on an iPhone app and I didn't try very hard, but I thought it was a pretty funny bit of Hill trivia.

The vacay was fun, but I need to go do things like my laundry, my nails, and my mud mask--the country air was delightful and my pores already feel clogged from the concrete jungle toxins. While I do that, take a look at this tasty Korean staple! Jaeyook bokkeum is stir-fried pork belly and kimchi. Together they make up my second-favorite Korean stir fry dish.

Plz note that if you have kimchi that is a lil too funky for your tastes, stir fry it up! The heat removes some of that super fermented and salty flavor... or at least lends those flavor to the fatty pork. It's so good, fam!

Stir-Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi (Jaeyook Bokkeum - 제육 볶음)

Total time: 25 minutes

  • 1 lb thinly sliced pork belly
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 2 cups kimchi, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 box firm tofu
  • Cooking Directions

  1. Cut pork belly into 1 to 2-inch pieces. Cook over medium heat in a heavy-bottomed skillet until fat is rendered and pork belly is crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Discard of any excess fat in the pan, but leave about 2 tablespoons, or enough to cook the remaining ingredients.
  2. Add garlic and jalapenos to hot pan and cook until garlic is toasted, about 3-4 minutes. Add kimchi and cook until softened, a few minutes more. Turn heat to high and add in sesame oil, honey, and add pork back in. Stir fry for a few minutes, until mixture is well-combined. Turn off heat. Stir in chopped scallions and half of the sesame seeds.
  3. Slice tofu into 16 pieces and lay on a plate. Top with remaining sesame seeds and then the pork mixture. Serve hot!
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