Spicy Pork Belly Tacos

Fusion food is something I’ve always been fascinated with. Taking into account different cultures’ signature flavors, ways of cooking and eating styles and wrapping that all into one meal seemed near impossible. That, and I knew lots of people shied away from fusion because of its nontraditional roots.

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I thought a lot before I decided what to start my fusion journey with. I at first wanted to do something French, but the idea of a Les Miserables-style hoard of angry Frenchmen coming for my blood deterred me from that prospect. I knew my best bet was to do something Asian, since I already experiment with a lot of Asian-influenced dishes. All I needed was inspiration, and sometimes, inspiration comes in the form of a taco craving.

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The more I thought about it, the more perfect it seemed. I love the idea of tacos, because I love tortillas and wrapping food up to eat it. But because I don’t like beans or cilantro, lots of actual Mexican-influenced cuisine doesn’t catch my fancy. So why not create a taco I would actually want to eat? This recipe is awesome and a nice way to break out of a dinner rut. I hope you make some and enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds pork belly
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ an English cucumber, diced
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • sesame seeds

Instructions

Trim any excess fat off your pork belly and begin to slice in into ½ inch cubes. Any cubes that are just fat should be discarded.

In a large, heavy bottomed skillet on medium-high heat, add in your pork belly cubes and soy sauce. Let them cook for a few minutes, stirring continuously, before adding in the lime juice and chili powder. Mix well and continue to fry until the pork is cooked through.

Add some avocado and cucumber to your tortilla and then spoon on some pork belly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.

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