Dear SOS: Ita-Cho restaurant on Beverly Boulevard makes the best buta kakuni [a Japanese pork dish]. My family just loves it. Any possibility of getting the recipe?
Dear Cari: Here’s a variation on the traditional Japanese braised pork dish that won’t take days to prepare. Ita-Cho’s recipe combines meltingly tender cubes of pork shoulder or butt simmered in a sweet broth of soy sauce, mirin and sake -- with a little fresh ginger and chile powder thrown in for a hint of spice.