Japanese Cuisine: Stewed Pork in Black Rice Balls

One more dish we had yesterday at Uzu Izakaya in Shizuoka City was a new creation:
Kakuni Kuro Mai Dango/角煮黒米団子 or Stewed Pork in Black Rice Balls.

It did look a straightforward, but the first bite indicated the complexity of that dish.
Stewed Pork is first made in “Kakuni-style”, which takes quite some time to achieve.
The pork is then cut into tiny pieces and wrapped inside the rice ball.
Now the rice used is black rice. This is a bit of a misnomer a Japanese black rice has nothing to do with the “black rice” (which is not rice) used in Americas and Europe.
Actually it is a dark-red rice variety.
One part of the rice is first steamed into a glutinous paste. More black rice is added to the glutinous paste and the mixture is shaped into a ball with the kakuni inside.
It is steamed again with the result of solid/firm rice grains inside the glutinous rice ball, giving it a satisfying bite enhanced by the pork inside.
The balls (as big as a child fist) are served topped with sweet and sour sauce and fresh trefoil (for taste and colour).
A very satisfying, intriguing dish.

Another treat!

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2 thoughts on “Japanese Cuisine: Stewed Pork in Black Rice Balls”

  1. I did some research on the Kakuni you mentioned on my blog. I believe I ate it at a very good Chinese restaurant in Singapore when I was there last year. It was what got me interested in Pork Belly the first time.

    Thanks for the great postings…

    Eat Well friend, Happy Holidays.


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