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I was waiting for someone to say it and finally... So true... It's MSG. And maybe a well seasoned wok. You just cannot develop that kind deep flavor in such short time span without relying on a short cut. 
Before you blanch the pork bones, try soaking them in several changes of cold water overnight to draw out blood, much like how you would prepare sweetbreads. And when you blanch them, I think you should do it on low to med heat. Looking at the amount of bones you used, I think it should take anywhere between half an hour to an hour (definitely more than 3 minutes) to bring the water to boil. Last but not the least, I'd definitely brown or even char the onions. Take a look...
Depending on your definition of "tough", it could just be that what you had was flat cut of brisket, not point cut. I've found that flat cut cannot be made tender however you cook it, due to the lack of marbling and of sinew. Not inedible, but definitely not tender as in "fall off the bone tender". I'd say go with the point cut. With all its marbling, it behaves more like short ribs when braised.  Here's a clip I...
I like clear stocks made by simmering bones and aromatics and all that, but like a couple of you have already mentioned, I also dig that Japanese ramen broth, and also Korean sul lung tang broth. Both are boiled to death with the lid on for close to or over 24 hours, and are just so damn tasty. I wouldn't call them cloudy since they are normally not made with any veggies; they're just thicker, like how milk or cream is as opposed to water. I had this fish soup once in...
It's pretty common in Korean cuisine. For pork and chicken, they use gochujang (chili paste) mixed with mul yut (malted barely syrup). Past few years, I have been noticing quite a few similarities between Korean food and Mexican. Kinda makes sense that Roy Choi is doing so well with his Korean tacos.  
Any braised meat along with the braising liquid, reduced to sauce consistency, goes well with pasta. For a refined version, after braising meat (lamb or goat neck is my personal favorite), I pull the meat out of the liquid, strain the liquid, then cool them and put them separately into the fridge. Next day, I remove the fat, and reduce the liquid. Then I mix it with the meat (which I sometimes pull). It freezes really well, too.
Not a fan of roulade... Why cook two things that usually cook at different rates together? Besides, they'll be mixed in your mouth when you eat them, so why not cook them separately, for the best result for each of them?
As with most of Japanese ingredients, try not to do too much with it. Just eat it. Why would you want to "ruin" a great ingredient by mixing it with other stuff? Japanese use fresh wasabi as a condiment to pretty much everything, not just for sushi and sashimi. I've even had wagyu beef with freshly grated wasabi. Good stuff.
I second that, too. I'd definitely cook the skin separately. 
Sounds more like chicken fried chicken, rather than deep fried chicken.
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