Slow Cooked Braised Asian Pork Belly

This is the type of dish that used to intimidate me and the type of dish I would always gravitate to at my favourite Asian restaurants. I made it at home and realised how easy it is to create melt-in-the-mouth, slow cooked pork belly in a thick, sticky glaze.
braised pork belly
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 kg pork belly cut into 2-3cm cubes (you can use up to 1.5kg of pork belly for this recipe)
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic sliced roughly
  • 3 red onions diced roughly (brown onions are fine too)
  • 1 thumb sized knob ginger sliced
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup tamari or all purpose soy sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • Sliced chilli (optional)
  • Rice and greens to serve
  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large skillet, brown the pork belly until it begins to turn golden. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Add garlic, onions and ginger to the same pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened and fragrant. Don’t worry about chopping the ingredients too finely as they will break down in your delicious, sticky sauce.
  3. Add brown sugar, tamari (or all purpose soy sauce if using), Chinese five-spice, star anise and 2 cups of water to the pan. Return the seared pork.
  4. Bring to a gentle simmer. Once simmering, turn down to the lowest heat, place the lid on and cook for 2 hours. Check half way and add 1/2 cup of water if the sauce is sticking to the pan.
  5. Once cooked, the pork should easily be breaking apart with a fork. If not, cook it longer in 15 minute intervals.
  6. Once the pork is soft, remove the lid and cook uncovered for 15-30 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken and reduce.
  7. It dish is ready when the sauce is sticky and coats the pork.
  8. Garnish with sliced chilli.
  9. Serve with steamed rice and steamed greens.

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