Birria Roasted Pork Belly Atop Smashed Edamame Cakes


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Pat the pork bellies dry and season with 1 tsp ground ginger, the coriander, and the ½ tsp salt.
  2. When the oil is shimmering in the skillet, add the pork, fat-side down. Sear for 3-4 min, or until the bottom is a nice medium-dark brown. Flip and sear underside for another 3 min.
  3. Heat the oven to 350°. In a small roasting pan, add the birria and water, then the pork belly. Sear the outside it until crisp and then cook it in the oven for 3 hours or until the pork belly is very tender and the fat cap looks soft.
  4. In a robot coupe, add the edamame, water chestnuts, 1 tsp ground ginger, garlic, and eggs. Pulse to combine, then add the breadcrumbs. Scoop the mixture out into 2oz balls, roll to pack in, then flatten to about a ½”.
  5. In a large skillet, heat oil until shimmering over medium heat, and sear the cakes until golden on both sides. Should be about 2 minutes per side.
  6. In a medium sauce pot cook the rice over medium low with the water and coconut milk. Fluff with fork and season with a pinch of salt.
  7. To plate: Place a small scoop of rice, topped with two edamame cakes, top with seared pork belly, drizzle the roasting au jus around the plate, and top with a couple of sprigs of cilantro.


  • 18 oz Allegiance® Pork, Belly, cut into 3 6oz pieces
  • 2 tbsp Brilliance® oil, vegetable
  • 1 tsp Magellan® Ground Coriander
  • 1 + 1 tsp ginger, ground, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Contigo® birria sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups Asian Pride® Edamame, thawed
  • 1/4 cup Asian Pride® water chestnuts
  • 2 ea Nature's Best Dairy® Egg(s), beaten
  • 1/2 cup Asian Pride® Panko Crumbs
  • 2 ea Peak Fresh Produce® Garlic, Clove(s), grated
  • 1 1/2 cups Asian Pride® Jasmine Rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup Asian Pride® Coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Magellan® Black Pepper, ground
  • 4 sprigs ea Peak Fresh Produce® Cilantro, Fresh, for garnish