Wednesday, May 12, 2021


This is an easy braised pork belly recipe but the end result is awesome.  The pork belly pieces are tender but still has a bite.  It has a nice unique aroma, not overly sweet or savoury or spicy with the addition of Sichuan peppercorns.  You can cooked it with some gravy or almost moist dry.  This dish can be served as it is or used to fry with capsicum, leeks or celery.  It is your choice.

This dish can be prepared way ahead of meal times and tastes much better after resting as the meat absorbs the flavours of the seasoning and aromatics. A good recipe to use if you wish to enjoy braised pork in a jiffy and use it for stir frying with some vegetables before serving.
[serves 10 persons]
1.2 kg pork belly with skin - blanched and cut bite size pieces
1 stalk spring onions and a few slices ginger [to blanch pork]
4-5 cloves garlic - peeled and sliced
4-5 slices ginger
1-2 pieces star anise
2 pieces bay leaves
1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
1 inch piece cinnamon stick
2 tbsp rock sugar
hot water
2-3 tbsp light soy sauce
1-2 tbsp dark soy sauce
4 tbsp cooking wine
salt to taste
- some 3 coloured capsicum - cut into diamond shapes
  1. Add enough water to wok, add in whole piece of pork belly, ginger slices,  spring onions and some Shaoxing wine.  Turn on heat, bring to boil, then blanch meat until water turns clear [about 15-20 minutes]. Remove, wash and cool before cutting into bite sizes pieces.
  2. Heat a non stick wok, drizzle in some oil.  Add in the pork belly pieces in single layer.  Fry until lightly golden.  Remove excess oil.
  3. Add in the aromatics and seasonings.  Continue to until the ingredients are well mixed and fragrant.   Add in boiling water [enough to cover meat], bring to boil for 5 minutes.  Cover with lid, lower heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until meat is tender and gravy reduced.  Taste to adjust seasoning.  Dish out  to rest.
  4. Before serving, stir fry pork with capsicum or leeks or celery [according to your preference].  Serve immediately with rice.


A Baker's Endeavours said...

Hi Kimmy. Hope you and your family stay safe and take care.

Kimmy said...

Thank you. We are fine and stay home most times unless it is necessary to stock up some food ingredients for several days. Cooking less varieties and simple dishes only. Certain items like eggs and rice, we have friends in the business sending over. Some other items, we call to make order and just do quick pick up. So far so good. You do stay safe and take care.

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