Spicy Korean Pork Jowl

2 Servings
20 min

There’s something so very addicting about spicy food. That tingle on your tongue, the burn in your mouth and then your nose starts running. Haha, yes that’s me. My nose always runs whenever I eat spicy food but I just can’t resist eating it.

One of my splurge meats at the Korean grocery store is pork jowl. They sell them pre sliced or in slabs. I prefer to buy the slabs so that I can make thicker cuts. The pre sliced ones are usually pretty thin as they’re meant for hot pot. Pork jowl is very well marbled, it is much more decadent than pork belly. Both cuts work well in this dish. If you’re buying pork belly, I do recommend buying it pre sliced with the skin off. Just don’t buy the pieces that are shaved thin for hot pot as they will be too thin for the cook time on this dish.

This dish pairs great with rice or makes a great side dish for drinking soju. If you can handle a lot of spice, feel free to double the amount of chili pepper flakes (gochugaru) and add 2 tbsps. I hope you enjoy it!

Recipe details
  • 2  Servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 1 lb pork jowl or pork belly, sliced
  • 1/4 cup gochujang
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1” piece of ginger, minced
  • 3 scallions, sliced into 2” pieces
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 4 large button mushrooms, sliced

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add in the sliced pork, gochujang, soy sauce, sugar, chili flakes, black pepper and sesame oil. You don’t need to add any oil to start as the fat from the pork will render and there will be more than enough for the stir fry.
Mix well and allow to cook, stir frequently. If needed, turn the heat down to medium. You don’t want the sauce to burn but as long as you are stirring frequently, you shall be fine.
After 8 minutes, add in the garlic, ginger, onion, mushroom and scallions. Continue to cook for another 7 minutes. The pork should crisp up slightly towards the end.
Serve with rice and enjoy.
  • This makes a great side dish or drinks. Serve it along side some soju and enjoy!