January 18, 2014

Mochi rice cake with pork belly

Duk is the Korean word for rice cake.
When we typically think of cake... we think of a sweet dessert type of cake.
Rice cake is certainly not sweet simply because it's just rolled rice often made
into long cylinders cut into smaller pieces.

It is sort of similar to tofu in the way that it will take on the flavor of the sauce
but not like a sponge like texture like tofu.

I decided to take some pork belly which is basically bacon- pre-curing or smoking.
It is often sold in long strips or slabs that you can cut yourself.

An easy way of slicing the pork belly is to place it in the freezer for a minute or 2
-which will make it a little firmer so it;s easier to slice.
Pork belly is also a cut of meat used when you eat Korean BBQ.

Oh and this is what the Duk (rice cake) looks like, well- a common form of it.
It stores in the freezer really well also.

The sauce is soy sauce, water, sesame oil, sugar, black pepper & red pepper paste.

The pork belly has unbelievable taste and flavor on its own so if you saute the pork
first it helps give the rice cake flavor as well.  This is a popular street food in Korea
that is done in many different ways. This is just one simple way.

Zestfully Let's Cultivate Food