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North Korean Braised Doenjang Pork Belly

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Braised, Korean, Pork Belly
Servings: 6
Author: The Subversive Table | Lis Lam


  • Stock pot


  • 3 lbs pork belly
  • 1/2 cup Doenjang (Korean fermented soybean paste)
  • 2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp instant coffee (optional)
  • 1-2 Jalapenos, sliced *see notes below
  • 2 cups water


  • Slice pork belly into 1/2-inch strips and place into a large pot. Add remaining ingredients.
    pot of ingredients for korean braised doenjang pork belly
  • Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer (covered) until pork belly is tender and soft, about 30 minutes. The sauce will be watery.
    pot of korean braised pork belly
  • Remove lid and simmer until sauce is thick and reduced, about 10-15 minutes. The pork belly and sauce should darken.
    pot of korean braised pork belly
  • Serve with lettuce wraps, rice, gochujang sauce, and kimchi. Enjoy!
    small shallow dish with korean braised pork belly and side dishes all around


*I suggest 1-2 jalapenos because not all jalapenos are equally spicy.  Some are very spicy, some are mild.  I usually taste a little bit of the jalapeno.  If it's spicy, I use 1 jalapeno.  If it's mild, I use 2.  Also, I make sure to include all the seeds.