Thursday, September 22, 2011

Braised Pork Belly Recipe

Today we are sharing with your our braised pork belly recipe with NICI Monkey. Braised pork belly is a very traditional dish that every Chinese family cooks and eats.

Braised pork belly recipe ingredients for 3 to 4 pax
• Pork Belly - 1 slab (about 600-700grams) chopped into half inch thickness
• Garlic  - 1 bulb separated into cloves but keep the skin on
• Spices - cinnamon stick, star anise, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom
• Coriander Leaves - 1 stalk, fresh and green

Braised pork belly optional ingredients
• Bean Curd - 2 pieces or any amount you desire
• Hard Boiled Egg - 2 but if there are more kids in the house, 4 to 6 eggs, kids love them
• Fried Bean Curd Skin - 1 whole packet or any amount if you like more

Braised pork belly recipe condiments
• Light soy sauce
• Dark soy sauce

The spices are very important in our braised pork belly recipe today. These 5 spices - cinnamon stick, star anise, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom can be easily obtained especially in Malaysia as the Malays use them a lot for cooking soup and curry.

The spices usually comes in one packet like this that cost only 50 cents. This amount is just nice for our portion of braised pork belly recipe today, any more will be overwhelming.

Let's start cooking our braised pork belly. First we heat up a pan and start frying the pork belly meat without oil in high heat to release its own pig oil.

Once the pork belly meat is slightly browned, you can start adding the garlic and all the spices. Do not fry the spices for too long over high heat, it will turn bitter.

Next we add in copious amount of light soy sauce into the pan. After cooking braised pork belly for so many years, it was never once calculated how much soy sauce was added. Just put more, not less, because if its too salty you can add more water later on. If its not enough, adding soy sauce at the later stage will be pointless.

Immediately after, we add in the dark soy sauce, also in copious amount. The light soy sauce is salty and the dark soy sauce is sweet, add them up you get the taste of the braised pork belly. Continue frying in the hot pan for a few minutes to let both the soy sauce release its true taste.

Next you can add in the bean curd and hard boiled egg and enough water to cover all the ingredient. Let it simmer for 1.5 hours and the braised pork belly is done. As simple as that!

This is the stalk of coriander leaves, wash it well and add it into the braised pork belly. You can add this into any other stew or soup too as it is the most flavorful part of the coriander leaves. Traditional cooking secret.

As the braised pork belly is slowly stewing, prepare the fried bean curd skin.

There are many types of fried bean curd skin, please don't get the one used for deserts. This fried bean curd skin is thin and crispy. It adds a lot of flavor to the braised pork belly.

You can add the fried bean curd skin into the braised pork belly anytime after you cut it up into any-shape pieces. They won't overcook or under-cook.

After 1.5 hours of stewing, your braised pork belly is done. Garnish with the coriander leaves when served. Notice the gravy has dried up a lot and if you have used good quality soy sauce, there is no need to add any additional flavorings.

If you find your braised pork belly stew is not tasty enough, add some chicken stock powder and you'll be surprised by what it can do. Adding more soy sauce now is futile. Hope you have enjoyed our braised pork belly recipe today.


  1. Wow!!!!! It looks delicious, yummy, tasty, etc...!!!!
    You are an excellent cook!

  2. Omg!!!!!!!!! Very delicious haha.

  3. Gracias my dear friends Raquel and Bea, if you ever visit us here, we would be very glad to cook it for you to eat hehe (^_^)

  4. I don't know how this pork tastes, but the way these pictures are taken and described, the same as you do about your sheep, clearly shows a lot of enjoyment and devotion.

  5. Your cooking always looks delicious.. Perhaps I can order one for delivery to USA? :p

  6. @potamotrygorgeous: Yes you're right. We are in love with the braised pork belly, its our favorite dish and its very tasty. Everyone in the family loves it :-D

  7. @NICI-Wildfriends: Thanks Steph, you can order one when you get back! We'd love to share it with you and your bf (^_^)

  8. Mmmmmmmmh dear Monkey. You use so much wonderful ingredients and we love the fragrance of the spices! Many thanks for the delicious recipe. The nice photos really express that you cooked it with love. Kisses

  9. @Leona Löwenherz Thank you Leona! Warmest greetings from Hugo, Rosa and our whole flock :))