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SOMETIMES, and for the sake of modesty not all the times, but sometimes, after I pasted every photos of a recipe in place and started to stare into space thinking about what I was gonna say… I thought to myself, seriously?  You fucking need a reason to eat this?

Uhem, just sometimes.

But well, today, happens to be one of those times.


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If you love Japanese ramen, the closest noodle has ever came to being an art-form, and even more so, the shortcuts on how to make it easily and relatively swift at home, then I don’t know why you’re still listening to me babble.  But if you must, this is a express ramen-recipe that yields 4 servings but consumes all 44 cloves of garlic.  Most of them browned and braised together with an obnoxious slab of pork belly until both meltingly tender, then blended with chicken stock and soy milk (my favourite ramen-cheat) to fabricate the most speedy but intensely rich broth ramen-history has ever seen.  Then the rest of the garlics went under knife and hot grease, to be fried crispy golden browned, then pound together with ground white pepper and salt, into pure powder-gold.

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Forceful enough to expel any kitchen-fatigue, this strong milky broth flooded a lovely bowl laid with springy Japanese ramen noodles, and on top, drifted a ring of thinly sliced melting pork-belly, mushrooms, runny soft-boiled egg, toasted nori sheets and a floral corner of finely diced scallions.  But all exorcism requires loyal apprentices, a final touch of fried garlic powder and garlic-togarashi oil were casted within the rim to complete… the most delicious magic you’ll ever create.

Call it the ramen with 40 cloves of garlic, wait, 44 cloves.  Or the ramen packed with opinions and comes with a pleasurably foul mouth.  Or call it, The Exorcist.

Me, I’m calling it… The Vampire Slayer.

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The recipe, in the realm of Japanese ramen, is relatively easy and foolproof, but there are still a few point to I want to stress on.

First note*:  The chicken stock.  You can use homemade (like mine with this recipe) or store-bough chicken stock, but make sure that it’s unsalted or minimally salted, and neutrally flavoured meaning NO use of herbs like thyme, rosemary, bay leaves or anything that could be conflicting.  Second note**:  The soy milk.  American soy milk and Asian soy milk, really taste different.  In my first ramen-express post, I mentioned that American brands like Silk can be used, but later on I found that even the most basic variety, contains sugar and vanilla-like flavourings.  I would strongly suggest either you use Asian unsweetened soy milk, or look for brands that has only “water, soy beans” in the ingredients.  After all, that’s what soy milk is supposed to be!!  Not some weird mixture of sugar and flavourings in a pathetic effort to make it taste like actual milk.

Updates 2014/12/17: On some missed out steps on the mushrooms and soaking water.



3 hours

Serving Size: 4


  • 4 whole dried shitake mushrooms + 1/2 cup hot water
  • 14 oz (400 grams) skin-on pork belly
  • 30 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (105 grams) sake, or rice wine
  • 2 tbsp (30 grams) soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp (10 grams) mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 14 whole garlic cloves, finely minced or sliced
  • 1/2 cup (112 grams) canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (55 grams) of garlic oil (from frying the garlic)
  • 1/4 cup (55 grams) toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp togarashi chili powder
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 5 cups (1180 grams/ml) chicken stock, see note*
  • 1/4 medium-size onion, peeled
  • 1 1/4 cup (340 grams) unflavoured unsweetened soymilk, see note**
  • 2 tbsp bonito dashi granules (this is what gives it the bonito-flavour so don't skip!)
  • 1~2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 servings of ramen noodles
  • 4 soft-boiled eggs
  • 1 cup finely diced scallions, green parts only
  • 1 sheet of Japanese dried nori/seaweed


  1. TO MAKE THE GARLIC BRAISED PORK BELLY: Preheat the oven on 330F/165C. Soak dried shitake mushrooms in 1/2 cup of hot water for 20 min until soft. Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp of oil in a pot that fits the pork belly tightly, then heat over medium-high heat. Brown the pork belly skin-side down first (you can cut the pork belly in half if it fits the pot better that way) until the skin is blistered, then turn and brown all other sides. Remove and set aside. Add all the peeled garlic cloves and cook until lightly browned. Return the pork belly into the pot, and add the soaked shitake mushrooms and its soaking liquid, sake, soy sauce, mirin, salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Put the lid on and bake in the oven for 2~2:30 hours, turning the pork belly 2~3 times in between, until extremely soft. If you want to do this on stove-top over low heat, you'll need to check the pot very frequently to prevent burning. Once done, carefully remove the pork belly and mushrooms, then plastic-wrap and chill in the fridge for easy slicing later. Reserve the braised garlic and all the liquid. You can do this the day before.
  3. TO MAKE THE FRIED GARLIC POWDER: When the pork is in the oven, mix finely mined or sliced garlic and canola oil in a small pot, and bring to a gentle boil over medium~medium-low heat. Keep the mixture sizzling, stirring constantly, until the garlic starts to turn golden-browned, approx 5 min. Drain immediately through a fine sieve, and reserve 1/4 cup of the garlic oil. Drain the fried garlics over paper-towels, replace with new ones if soaked, for about 1 hour.
  4. In a stone-mortar or a spice-grinder, pound/pulse the fried garlic with ground white pepper and fine sea salt, until coarsely ground. Can also be made the day before.
  5. TO MAKE THE GARLIC TOGARASHI OIL: Combine the reserved garlic oil, toasted sesame oil, togarashi powder, chili flakes, black sesame seeds and ground coriander in a small pot. Set over medium heat and cook for 1 min. Set aside. Can also be made the day before.
  6. TO MAKE THE STOCK AND ASSEMBLE THE RAMEN: In a blender, blend the reserved braised garlic and braising liquid, chicken stock (at least warm but not hot, so the fat doesn't solidify) and peeled onion until very smooth. If your blender is small, you might want to blend with 1/2 of the stock only, and add the other 1/2 later on in a pot. Drain the soup through a fine sieve into a large pot, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as you can, then discard the solids (don't worry if there's foam on the surface). Add the unflavoured/unsweetened soy milk, bonito dashi granules and 1 tsp of salt, and simmer for 5 min. Re-season with more salt if needed (keep in mind that Japanese ramen broth tends to be salty).
  7. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the ramen noodles according to instructions. Drain well and divide into four bowls. Finely slice the braised pork belly and arrange over the top, along with 1 braised shitake mushroom for each bowl, and soft-boiled egg, finely diced scallions and dried nori/seaweed.
  8. Generously spoon the fried garlic powder and garlic-togarashi oil over, and serve immediately.

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  • Betty

    December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM Reply

    Oh my god!!! This is crazy amazing!!!!!!!! I must make this at the first opportunity!!~!! Beautiful photography, too.

  • Minik

    December 16, 2014 at 11:03 PM Reply

    Hi Mandy, this looks incredible! A few days ago I watched Ramen Girl – I’ve been examining ramen recipes and reading about ramen since then. So I can almost taste this, in my mind :)

  • kimithy

    December 16, 2014 at 11:16 PM Reply

    Dang, that’s a lot of garlic. I’m intrigued and a little frightened. Totally trying it.

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – so thankful for your blog. One by one the sites I used to visit have undergone these horrible cutesy-patootsey makeovers, and it’s so nice knowing that here is a place where awesome writing and bullshit-free perspective thrives :)

  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker

    December 16, 2014 at 11:21 PM Reply

    No matter what, the broth is the most important part! This may be a stone in my stomach the next day, but it is well worth it for that pork belly and broth. Epic Mandy!


    December 17, 2014 at 12:18 AM Reply

    I always think the same thing when I’m trying to write about a recipe. Oh, and I love your name for this. It’s perfect!

  • Peezy

    December 17, 2014 at 12:41 AM Reply

    Mandy… You are THE bomb
    nuff said…..

  • Alex Wysocki

    December 17, 2014 at 12:49 AM Reply

    omg so I literally just bought the BIGGEST and BEST bowls at the weekend totally just for making ramen, and then this pops up in my inbox. You my friend, are a freaking life saver. I CANNOT WAIT.

  • Liz B. @ Umami Life

    December 17, 2014 at 12:59 AM Reply

    I’ve never tried Asian soy milk, but I’ve noticed the American brands of nut I tend to use have a chalky taste. I’ve wanted to use them in some Korean cooking, but refrained based on the chalkiness! What would you recommend for a good Asian nut milk brand? – a clean eating bento blog

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM Reply

      Liz: There’s not really a major, international brand for Asian soy milk. But I think you should be able to find it in the dairy section of Chinese supermarket. It isn’t hard to homemake soy milk but it takes long. Soak the soy beans for 24 hours, then puree with 4 times the amount of water. Cook on low heat for 10 min, then strain.

      • Nana

        December 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM Reply

        That’s a long soaking time, do we have the change the water in between, like maybe every 8 hour? Because usually after 8 hour soaking, there’s bubble in the water or is it just good ol fermentation? And do we use the soaking water for additional beany flavor? Oh and I live in the tropic. Thx, hee.

  • Emma

    December 17, 2014 at 3:33 AM Reply

    this recipe sounds absolutely amazing and I definitely look forward to making it!!

  • Rebecca@Figs and Pigs

    December 17, 2014 at 4:00 AM Reply

    Oh wow you’ve taken ramen to a whole other level Mandy. This looks incredibly good, and all that garlic will keep the colds at bay.

  • Trish

    December 17, 2014 at 7:16 AM Reply

    ooooooh I have ALWAYS been pretty gaga for ramen. 44 cloves of garlic?! Holy moly! Sounds super delicious.

  • Jennie

    December 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM Reply

    It is such a simple recipe for ramen that I’m going to try to make this next month. In so, I went over the recipe several times to understand it and I got confused as to where the shitake mushrooms go after the soaking. Are they meant to be bland tasting as they are served with the noodles or do they go into the pot with the pork for braising?

    “Return the pork belly into the pot, and add sake, soy sauce, mirin, salt and ground black pepper.” – No mushrooms?

    Thanks for any future clarification.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM Reply

      Jennie, OH I forgot to put the shitake back into the braising pot! OK, so I’ve made updates in the recipe just now! Sorry for the confusion!

  • bill @thewoksoflife

    December 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM Reply

    Wow is all I can say to this. Totally awesome ramen with all of my favorite things and quite appropriately garlicky for Beijing ;-). Nice work!

  • Sarah @ bonjoursucre

    December 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM Reply

    Wow that looks absolutely delicious! I love this blog – so much food porn! I think I will have to try this recipe, my tummy is grumbling just looking at the photo. Thanks for sharing!

  • mary clay @ the open oven

    December 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM Reply

    whoa whoa whoa that looks incredible. so much garlic, so much love for this.

  • Nicola

    December 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing and I never realized you could use soy milk in ramen broth. I am insanely excited to try this. Also, yes to Asian soy milks! I recently moved to Malaysia and love that the soy milk I buy has only 2 ingredients. American soy milks scare me.

    Question: Have you ever tried to make ajitsuke tamago (ramen egg) before? If so, were you happy with the results? I’ve been experimenting but it just doesn’t taste the way I want it to quite yet….

  • Anh

    December 17, 2014 at 11:44 PM Reply

    Soy milk is ramen is absolutely genius! I will give this a go when the intimidation factor wears off.

    (Chocking on Sriracha is such a bad way to go…)

  • Brooke @ Chocolate & Marrow

    December 18, 2014 at 2:28 AM Reply

    OMFG this looks so tasty! I’m not going to lie, I’m a little intimidated by the recipe list, but I do love a good challenge in the kitchen. Have been telling myself I’m going to make ramen for years and you’re lovely photos (and funny writing) are now making me want to get off my butt and do it. This is happening.

  • Elaine Kang

    December 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM Reply

    hahahahahahha ~~~~~ i have to say~~~ you are such a funny girl~~~~or lady~~~ hahahahaah love your blog~~~~~ its alive~~~~

  • Dominique

    December 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM Reply

    My husband’s love for me is about to grow exponentially! This recipe looks phenomenal!

  • stevchipmunk

    December 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM Reply

    That bowl looks delicious! Reminds one of the Chinese idea of a meal for a family: 4 dishes/vegetables and a soup 四菜一個湯. Only trouble is… you don’t have enough noodles (no where enough, really) for a family of 4. And you need to add a LOT, LOT of leafy green vegetables (that sprinkling of scallions, while tasty, really doesn’t count as vegetables, right?). But aside from that, that bowl looks Simply Irresistible!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    December 19, 2014 at 1:41 AM Reply

    This looks insane and I need it in my belly, like, hmmm, now!

  • Sarahcha

    December 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM Reply

    Oh god. You are horrible. Terrible even. I leave your blog with hunger pains. What have you done to me?! I don’t know what to do with myself. I left Shanghai angrily knowing that I wasn’t able to get my tasty street noodles, and then I found you and your blasted bunker crack slurp. Let’s just put it this way: I have to drive 30 minutes to get the right noodles and I have to stock up so I don’t have to leave my house to have that mouthgasmic tastiness for months. Then you plague and tease me with this? I’m making this, STAT. Except I’m throughly planning on ruining it with my David Chang inspired pork broth. My fiance loves me so much ever since I discovered your blog. He’s going to love me even more (and what do you know, his name is Jason too!) but you know what? I’m so in love with your recipes AND your blog. To top it off, you’re vulgar AND you have the whole website also posted in Chinese! I can “study” for my Chinese class! Seriously, kick your hubby out. I’m moving in and I’m bringing my dog with me.

    Okay. Maybe I’m just kidding. I’m not moving in, but I think I love you. I’d love to see your take on tsukemen(dipping noodles)

    I’m going to go make myself immune to vampires.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 21, 2014 at 2:25 AM Reply

      Sarahcha, hahahhaa move in!! You can help out my jason with all the extra foods! And I’m totally planning on making tsukemen fyi. I’m gonna make your fiancé love you even more.

  • Ilyana

    December 23, 2014 at 10:33 PM Reply

    Hi Mandy, do you think I can substitute the pork belly with chicken legs/thighs? Thank you so much for posting this up, I’ve never been so excited about chopping up garlic before!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 24, 2014 at 12:55 AM Reply

      Iliana, yeah of course. You can cook the chicken for 30 min, then remove the chicken first, and roast the garlic for another 20 min until really soft.

  • KarenTheCondimentQueen

    January 1, 2015 at 4:58 AM Reply

    Looks fabulous, but I’m allergic to soy. Substitutions? Thank you so much!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      January 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM Reply

      Karen: I’ve never tried this, but perhaps other nut-milks like almond?

    • Alison

      January 13, 2017 at 10:43 PM Reply

      Has anyone tried this? I want this ramen so badly but my stomach tends to immediately reject anything with soy milk, which is unpleasant to say the least…

  • Christina

    January 4, 2015 at 12:53 PM Reply

    wow – just came across your post and my mouth is drooling! I live in Tokyo but am vacationing in the states (where I’m originally from) and the one thing I’m really missing is ramen (it will be the first thing I will eat when I get back to Japan next week!) But your photos and your recipe look amazing and very interesting and I think I might give it a try – something I’ve never considered before, as ramen always seems to difficult to attempt at home!

  • Cindy

    January 9, 2015 at 3:09 AM Reply

    I’ve drooled all over my computer and ruined my keyboard. But seriously… I have the same food addictions as you. You’ve become my pusher. Can we be friends IRL?

  • shindoggii

    January 12, 2015 at 8:27 PM Reply

    has everyone overlooked your number 4 death reference! ;) … surely it’s no accident … death by garlic ..twice over even .. which sounds great and I am snorting up the garlic aroma’s as I type now.

  • pj

    January 13, 2015 at 2:08 AM Reply

    looks delish, but too much to do just for a bowl of soup.

  • pb

    January 19, 2015 at 11:29 AM Reply

    Made this last weekend and OMFG. Literally the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in two years. I think my boyfriend nearly cried tears of joy it was so good. Kept left over broth and used it the next day, boiled the noodles in the broth…even better

  • mandy@ladyandpups

    January 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM Reply

    PB: I’m so glad it worked out for you!! It was indeed one of my favourite creations :)

  • Larni

    January 22, 2015 at 10:27 AM Reply

    When substituting the sake, you mentioned “rice wine”. Is that different from rice wine vinegar?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      January 22, 2015 at 3:18 PM Reply

      Larni, no they are not the same! Chinese rice wine is a cooking wine made from rice. It’s clear and mild (not acidic like vinegar), can be found in the condiment section of most aisan grocery stores.

  • Larni

    January 23, 2015 at 10:57 AM Reply

    Thanks! I’m so excited to make it this weekend! I’ve been reading the recipe everyday for over a week because it sounds so good. My family and I are huge ramen fans.

  • Allyn

    January 24, 2015 at 5:48 AM Reply

    So, I made this for New Year’s, and I’m pretty sure that if we weren’t already married, my hawaiian chinese husband would have immediately proposed to me. He grew up all over SE asia, and my telling him to go through your recipes and pick which ones I should make is like giving a kid free reign in a candy store.
    Quick question though: if I still have some garlic powder and garlic togarashi oil from my last batch, is there any reason you can think of why I can’t just use those again?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      January 24, 2015 at 2:42 PM Reply

      Allyn: Of course if you have leftover fried garlic powder and chili oil, you can use them again :) But I hope you kept them in the fridge this whole time though…

      • Allyn

        January 27, 2015 at 9:10 AM Reply

        So I’m good on the oil, but not so good on the garlic powder… my bad.

  • Shivraj

    February 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM Reply

    I love your cooking… It looks so delicious… I love the way your website is arranged… <3!!!

  • Katy Love

    April 13, 2015 at 2:25 AM Reply

    My husband rates this the best noodle yet. The braised pork belly was flavorful and tender. I should have sliced it after it cooled because it crumbled a bit while it was just out of my pressure cooker. Yes, I normally use a pressure cooker instead of braising things in the oven. I never had togarashi oil until I tried this recipe. That was the cherry on top of the ramen. Yum. The soup. So good. If you like garlic, this is literally like drinking it.

  • Jessica

    June 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM Reply

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PUT OUT A COOK BOOK. I need it to be the pinnacle of my kitchen! I love all these recipes and will be making many shortly!

  • Adam G

    July 17, 2015 at 1:33 PM Reply

    2nd time making this otherworldy meal and had a question. Its my understanding that the braising liquid with all that fat rendered from the pork belly is combined with the chicken stock, etc to create the ramen broth. Now I increased the amount of pork belly by a factor of 7 (6 lb of Berkshire Pork Belly) so there is a substantial amount of fat in my braising liquid. Do you have a recommendation for how to adjust the amount of remaining broth ingredients? Thanks! Love this recipe!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      July 17, 2015 at 1:46 PM Reply

      Adam, it’s hard to say because even the same amount of pork belly could range widely in “fatness”. do you remember how much fat there was on your first time making it? if that worked well for you, you could use the same amount of fat. if you didn’t remember, i think i would start with 3 tbsp :)

  • Adam G

    July 18, 2015 at 8:32 AM Reply

    Hey Mandy, thx for quick reply. Not sure of the amount of rendered fat last time out as I used a glass cooking pan (2-3″ deep) to braise the belly, belly was nice and snug in there. This time i used a large oval dutch oven for the braising part…also used more dried mushrooms (wood ear as i didnt have time to get shitake). Anyway im about to get the belly out of the fridge (cooked it last night) and make the rest of the dish. Maybe i can skim some fat off, see hot things go. Thanks for the assistance. Love the site!

  • uwe@highfoodality

    August 21, 2015 at 12:30 AM Reply

    Hallo Mandy, viele Grüße aus Deutschland! I copied your recipe step by step and dived into the garlic seas just a few seconds ago. What shall I say? The Vampire Ramen tasted really deliciously. Trying is definitly worth being alone for some days now, so thanks a lot for sharing this great recipe! Viele Grüße, Uwe

  • Virginnie

    January 15, 2016 at 1:48 AM Reply

    Wow! Amazing! I have made this for myself a few times and just this week, I had six coworkers “order” it from me for lunch this week. They LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe!

  • Amber

    March 12, 2016 at 8:19 AM Reply

    How many grams of noodles per serving? Also- fresh or dried?? Thanks!

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      March 13, 2016 at 12:17 AM Reply

      Amber, sorry I didn’t measure the noodles, but they were fresh ramen noodles

  • Felice

    March 20, 2016 at 11:46 PM Reply

    After making this a few times as per the recipe. I decided to tweak it a bit. I have been using pork shoulder instead of pork belly. I also added 2 peeled shallots to the braising process and removed the onion when blending the braising liquid and garlic. I add them in when I add the garlic. I also blend the braised shitakes with the garlic, shallots, braising liquid with the broth. When serving, I add fresh shitakes on top instead of the braised shitakes. I just made this for 24 people and they loved it! Thanks so much for continuing to be the best cooking blog of all time.

  • Brandee

    October 2, 2016 at 6:12 AM Reply

    Loved it..I was wonderfully surprised how rich the broth tasted. Great.

  • Lea

    October 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM Reply

    I made this tonight. Amazing! Broth was so rich and garlicky. Loved every bite. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to make this again!

  • Jessica

    October 4, 2016 at 5:17 AM Reply

    Hi Mandy! I am hoping to make this for a Gourmet Dinner club as the entree and Japanese cuisine theme. One of my guests has a fish allergy. Can you suggest an alternative flavor to the bonito dashi? Miso paste perhaps? Thank you so much!!

  • forever m@mmy

    February 11, 2017 at 10:19 PM Reply

    wonderful! but…
    Pork belly is just bacon and I don’t like fat pork parts served warm or hot. Which other part of meat should I use?

  • Jessica

    February 16, 2017 at 8:59 AM Reply

    What can you use if you cannot have soy milk? My husband cannot have soy milk due to a medication they take. is there a possible substitution for soy milk?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      February 16, 2017 at 12:53 PM Reply

      Jessica, how about other nut milk like almond? (DON’T use store-bought almond milk that is flavored with vanilla).

  • Emma

    September 28, 2017 at 9:24 PM Reply

    Can’t wait to try this recipe, it sounds soooo good! What does the soy milk do in the broth? It’s not an ingredient I’ve come across before in ramen recipes… Thx!

  • Angela Kriel

    October 3, 2017 at 1:58 AM Reply

    Thank you for this recipe It was kinda hard to do but its worth it. This is so legit!!!

  • ryan

    November 16, 2017 at 5:36 AM Reply

    this looks incredible, i am going to be attempting it next week, i have a quick when assembling, is the pork put onto the dish cold whilst the rest is hot?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      November 16, 2017 at 9:46 AM Reply

      Ryan, the pork can be room-temperature and it will be warmed through in the hot broth:)

      • ryan

        November 22, 2017 at 10:19 PM Reply

        I have almost got everything ready to get this recipe going, just one last thing, i have managed to get shichimi togarashi, will this be okay to use?

        • mandy@ladyandpups

          November 22, 2017 at 11:24 PM Reply

          Ryan, yes of course :)

          • ryan

            December 6, 2017 at 3:20 AM

            me again :) iv managed to get hold of bonito dashi in what looks like powder form (in multiple sachets), is the measurement still the same for powdered dashi? thanks

          • mandy@ladyandpups

            December 6, 2017 at 1:03 PM

            Ryan, yes that will work in the same measure :)

  • Robert Baan

    December 5, 2017 at 7:27 AM Reply

    This is insane, I am so into this, thank you!

  • Sunny

    December 6, 2017 at 4:46 AM Reply

    My husband this me this recipe loooong time ago, at least 2 yrs. I finally made it last night!! THEY ARE AWESOME!!!! I used the pork belly to make a roll for presentation purpose, and heat it up using a little bit of the left over garlic oil in the flat bottom pan after cut them to slices, also, used homemade soymilk… I will definitely make it again!! Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

  • Victoria

    February 5, 2018 at 1:24 PM Reply

    Just made this for dinner! It is soooo good! My three year old loved it! So it’s definitely a family fav! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mai

    April 25, 2018 at 2:52 AM Reply

    Mandy, what’s a good substitute for the togarashi chili powder? Or can I just omit it and it’ll still be okay?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      April 25, 2018 at 12:57 PM Reply

      Mai, well not really… but i guess you can use a combination of chili flakes and toasted sesame.

  • Wendy

    August 15, 2020 at 6:06 AM Reply

    Absolutely incredible, have made it twice! Worth the hunt for the ingredients.

  • RG

    August 23, 2020 at 10:10 AM Reply

    Just made this and it was so delicious (like all of your recipes).
    Do you think I could sub chicken for the pork belly? Any modifications that you would suggest if I try it with chicken?

  • Jordan

    December 9, 2020 at 10:38 AM Reply

    This was absolutely incredible! I wish I would have made a double batch!

  • NB

    December 10, 2020 at 8:48 AM Reply

    Would using the Chicken White Broth/Tori Paitan from your cookbook work well in this recipe? If I do should I leave out the soymilk and the onion?

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      December 10, 2020 at 2:32 PM Reply

      NB, yes of course. You can omit the soy milk and onion yes.

  • LC

    August 1, 2023 at 6:11 AM Reply

    Just wanted to say, nearly 10 years after finding this recipe, and it is STILL my favorite to make and eat! I have saved this recipe everywhere, it has traveled through laptop to laptop, device to device, printed out and spilled on, seriously this is amazing and I can’t say it enough!!

  • Claire

    September 1, 2023 at 9:13 PM Reply

    After having done this recipe (and quicker versions of it without the garlic toppings / oil) for the past 5 years I think it’s time I leave a comment to say a big thank you!
    It never disappoints and is my go to recipe every time we make a roast chicken and get some fresh broth (also used the leftover chicken meat in a similar way and is very very good).

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