I cooked a kobocha squash recently and the next day decided to try braising pork belly in the leftover liquid with some Bulleit Bourbon. The result was a tender, sweet and umami Japanese-style flavor, with no sugar added. Easy techniques and simple seasonings: pork, kobocha squash, salt, soy sauce, kombu, onion powder.
- Kobocha Squash: Halve, seed, cut into 1-2″ pieces.
- Braise squash in a 1:1 mix of soy sauce and water, adding a couple small pieces of dried kombu. Remove when cooked.
- Heat a pot on high, then sear the pork belly, briefly for a couple minutes on each side.
- Lower the heat and deglaze the pan with a pour of bourbon, letting it simmer until the alcohol has cooked off a bit.
- Add the squash liquid (enough to submerge the belly), salt and onion powder. Braise on low till tender (~1.5 hours) and serve over rice.
Ingredients: -Pork belly -Kobocha squash -Soy Sauce -Salt -Dried Kombu -Onion Powder