Chinese braised pork belly

Chinese braised pork belly

Serves 6-8

900g pork belly
3 bunches spring onions, halved
1 x 3cm piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
500ml Shaoxing wine
160ml light soy sauce
2½ tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp Chinese five spice
120g brown sugar

  1. Place the pork belly in a pot of boiling water for one minute, then drain. Cut the pork into chunks of around 6-8cm. Set aside.
  2. Place the spring onions in a thick, even layer over the bottom of a medium casserole dish. Place the ginger and garlic slices evenly over the spring onions.
  3. Add the pork belly pieces, skin-side down.
  4. Whisk together the Shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Chinese five spice and sugar. Pour over the pork.
  5. Cover and place the dish over a medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer for 90 minutes; there is no need to stir.
  6. Turn the pork belly skin-side up in the dish, cover again and allow to simmer very gently for another 90 minutes.
  7. Transfer the pork pieces to a plate, tent loosely with foil and set aside. For extra crispy skin, place the pork pieces skin-side up on a lined baking tray and cook under a hot grill for 2-3 minutes before resting.
  8. Strain the braising liquid through a sieve into a saucepan. Allow to bubble over a medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes until reduced, then drizzle over the pork to serve.

    Per serving 668kcals, 30.5g fat (13g saturated), 23.9g carbs (17.8g sugars), 53.7g protein, 1.3g fibre, 3.17g sodium