If you've ever visited an izakaya
in Japan, chances are you've had this braised pork belly dish called buta no kakuni
. Tender and fatty, the pork belly is simmered for a few hours in a broth of sake, mirin, soy sauce, and other ingredients until it falls apart and the fat is silky. It's a very simple dish that requires little preparation, and is a good introductory dish if you want to learn more about Japanese home-style cooking.