Friday, July 13, 2012

Slow Cooked Pork Belly – Asian Style


I love this dish but I should not have it too often as it has high fat content but believe me it is very yummy. I nicked the recipe from my friend, Karen, who is an accomplished cook but I have tweaked it quite a bit (as usual). This portion will be enough for 2.

900 g Pork Belly
A dash of salt
A dash of pepper
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce 
2 teaspoons sweet dark soy sauce  
500 ml Chicken Stock
1 Red Chilli
1 Cinnamon Stick
4 Star Anise
4 slices Ginger
4 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil


1.       Heat oil in a wok
2.       Rub pork belly with a bit of salt & pepper and brown in the wok, skin side down first.
3.       Mix soy sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce and oyster sauce with stock, chilli, cinnamon, star anise, ginger and garlic in a slow cooker.
4.       Add pork, skin side up and cook on low for 6 hours
5.       Remove pork from slow cooker, drain, cover and rest for about an hour. Reserve 400 ml of cooking liquid.
6.       Slice the pork and place in the baking dish. Pre heat the oven to 180 Degrees C
7.       Reduce the cooking liquid to about 2/3 and season with the rest of dark soy sauce (you might not need to- just taste first) and pour over the pork.
8.       Cover the baking dish with foil and stick it in the oven for about 20 minutes or until warm through.
9.       Serve with steamed rice and stir fried greens or vegetable fried rice.

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