Nov 16, 2014

Braised Pork Belly - 卤肉饭

Original recipe in Chinese is linked here.

Ingredients: see original recipe for photo (you can use the photo to estimate how much you need)

  • 1 big piece of pork belly
  • 4 Chinese mushroom (冬菇 - soaked to rehydrate it beforehand, you don't really need this)
  • 1/2 and onion
  • 1/2 a garlic
  • 2 bok choy
  • 1 egg (I use 2 because I like egg)
  • rice

  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 5 pieces of rock sugar (or just a few pinches of sugar)
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spices powder (essential for flavour!)
  • oil
You can adjust all ingredients and seasoning according to taste or substitute or leave out things as needed.

There's 3 parts to the recipe: the braised pork (takes around an hour and a half), the rice (takes as long as your rice cooker takes) and the bok choy (takes maybe around 5 mins).
  1. Hard boil the egg.
  2. Rinse the pork belly, and cut into 1 cm strips.
  3. Chop the Chinese mushroom and onion into small cubes, and finely chop the garlic.
  4. Add a small amount of oil to a hot pan, put in the pork belly strips and stir fry until there is some golden colour on the surface and some of the oil inside the pork belly has been cooked out.
  5. Add onion, garlic and Chinese mushroom and stir until the smell of the onion and garlic come out (does not take very long).
  6. Add cooking wine, soy sauce, five spices powder, sugar and stir.
  7. Add in a suitable amount of water (I added enough to cover the pork belly and partially submerge the egg that will be added in the next step, I also add in boiled water, but that may not be necessary). 
  8. After the water has boiled, turn down the heat, add in hard boiled egg (without shell) and simmer for about 90 mins (here I often only cooked for around 1 hour, just check that the pork belly is soft and has good flavour and it'll be fine. I also turn the egg once in a while to get an even coating of sauce and stir the pork belly).
  9. Before the braised pork belly is done, cook the rice, try and time it so that it's done around when the pork belly will be done)
  10. Just before the braised pork belly is done, boil water in another pan, add a few drops and oil and cook the bok choy.
  11. Put rice into a bowl, put pork belly, sauce, egg and boy choy on top and enjoy!
No photos here, go to the original recipe linked in the first line if you want photos.

1 comment:

  1. Cool!! It looks achievable! =D And I can smell the braised pork belly already!