Simmered Pork Belly and Chinese Cabbage

Simmered Pork Belly and chinese cabbage, and chopped green onions on top.

Pork belly is one of very popular meats for home cooking in Japan. It’s often stir fried with vegetables, but this time we will simmer it with chinese cabbage. Pork juice, soy sauce, and sugar get mixed and absorbed in the cabbage. It’s best to eat with white rice.

Simmered Pork Belly and chinese cabbage, and chopped green onions on top.

Simmered Pork Belly and Chinese Cabbage

Simmered and juicy pork and chinese cabbage matches with white rice very well!
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Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 310kcal


  • 100 g Pork Belly
  • 90 g Chinese Cabbage
  • 50 g Onion
  • Green Onion To taste
  • 15 g Soy Sauce
  • 15 g Sugar
  • 30 g Shirodashi White Dashi Stock
  • 100 ml Water
  • Oil As needed


  • Cut the chinese cabbage into easy-to-eat sized pieces and slice the onion.
  • The green onion should be chopped finely and left in water.
  • Any extra long pieces of pork belly should be cut smaller.
  • Saute the pork in a pan with just a small amount of oil. Once both sides of the pork belly pieces are cooked, add and saute the onion and chinese cabbage.
  • Once the oil has spread evenly between the ingredients, mix in the soy sauce, sugar, shirodashi, and water.
  • Once the Chinese cabbage is softened and it's been about 10 minutes, move to a serving plate and finish up by adding the green onion on top.


The pork belly is fatty, so you do not need to use much oil when sauteing. The chinese cabbage should be cut into somewhat similar sized pieces. This way all of it will cook through in about the same time.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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