Quick Korean Delight: Crispy Pork Belly & Kimchi in 10 Minutes

Diving into Korean Gastronomy

When I first dived into the rich tapestry of Korean gastronomy, dreaming of replicating crispy pork belly & kimchi, just as I savored it in New York City’s Koreatown, seemed ambitious. The landscape of unique ingredients like kimchi, diverse sauces, and myriad side dishes, painted a challenging picture for a home chef like me. Could I truly echo that authentic flair without splurging extravagantly?

Yet, as many of our avid readers have discovered, some dishes that appear out of reach can be more accessible than you’d imagine. One moment, you’re browsing online for a daunting recipe, and the next, you’re enjoying a plateful, basking in self-pride for the culinary masterpiece you’ve created.

A Simple Korean Delight to Whip Up

Our quest for mastering Korean dishes led us to Maangchi, the YouTube guru who simplifies even the most intricate Korean recipes. Before long, I was regularly cooking up dishes like Soondubu and Kimchi Jigae, and venturing into speedy recipes like the one I’m about to share.

These Crispy Pork Belly Kimchi bowls capture the authentic Korean essence, with the bonus of being exceptionally simple.

Requiring just 8 ingredients and a mere 5-step instruction, you’re just 10 minutes away from savoring these scrumptious bowls. And don’t be deceived by its simplicity; this dish packs a flavorful punch, rivaling any you’d find in Koreatown. Trust me; our food critics at The Woks of Life can vouch for its authenticity.

Here’s the magic recipe:


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8 oz. pork belly (sliced thin)
  • 1 sizable onion (sliced thin)
  • 2 cups authentic kimchi
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 2 cups freshly cooked medium grain rice
  • 1 aromatic scallion (finely chopped)

Simple Steps to Deliciousness

  1. Get a wok or skillet scorching hot. Drizzle in the oil, introduce the pork belly, and stir-fry until it hints at a caramel hue – roughly a minute.
  2. Bring in the onion, kimchi, and sugar for an additional 3-minute cook. Blend in the gochujang and stir for another 60 seconds.
  3. Elegantly plate over rice, crowned with a sprinkle of fresh scallions.

Culinary Joys at Home

There’s something infinitely rewarding about replicating the flavors of the world in the comfort of one’s kitchen. With each successful dish, we’re reminded of the beauty of global cuisines and the joy of home cooking. This quick Korean delight is a testament to that – bridging the gap between authentic flavors and the simplicity of everyday cooking. It’s not just a meal; it’s an experience, an adventure, and a celebration of culture. So, dive in and relish the journey!

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