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Chinese-style Glazed Pork Belly

by Alvin Zhou • from the video 6 Homemade Chinese Dinners

Ingredients

for 2 servings

  • 20 oz
    pork belly, lean (500 g)
  • 4 cups
    water (1 L)
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 1 spring onion, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons
    oil
  • 2 tablespoons
    brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons
    light soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons
    dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons
    shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 cup
    water (250 mL)
  • cooked rice, to serve
  • green onion, to serve

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Preparation

  1. Cut the pork belly into roughly 1-inch (2 ½ cm) chunks.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a pot, then add the pork, ginger, onion, and garlic, cooking for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Remove the pork from the water and drain it on a plate lined with a paper towel. Discard the remaining water and vegetables.
  4. After cleaning and drying the pot, heat it with the oil over high heat. Place the pork back in, cooking until browned. The oil may pop and splash so be careful.
  5. Add the brown sugar, turning the heat to low. Stir continuously until the sugar has melted, caramelized, and coated the pork evenly.
  6. Immediately add the soy sauces and rice wine, stirring and cooking for about 5-6 minutes or until the liquid has reduced into a thick glaze.
  7. Add the water, stir, and cover the pot for about 45 minutes. Make sure the mixture is at a low simmer, not boiling. Check and stir every 10 minutes or so and add water if the pot is getting dry.
  8. When the 45 minutes are up, remove the lid, checking to see if the sauce coats the pork in a very thick glaze. If it is too runny, continue to stir, uncovered, until the liquid has reduced.
  9. Serve immediately over a bowl of rice and sprinkle with sliced green onions.
  10. Enjoy!
 

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