Although you might often associate pork belly with Korean cooking, that doesn’t mean other countries in Asia don’t have their spin on it. As much as Americans love bacon (and let’s be honest, bacon is amazing), you should give this recipe for delicious Taiwanese pork belly a try. If you didn’t have dinner plans tonight, then you do now.
More Info About Pork Belly
How hungry are you? You can chop the pork belly into many differently-sized pieces. When you are craving a fatty cut of meat full of rich flavor, you can’t go wrong with this pork dish. You’ll also find that it is slathered with soy sauce as well. Here is a quick look at the list of ingredients you should gather.
What You’ll Need
Before you can start cooking, you’ll need:
- 1 full pound of pork belly
- 2 scallions, trimmed and chopped
- 2 cups filled with water
- ½ cup of light soy sauce and ¼ cup of dark
- 2 tablespoons worth of vegetable oil or peanut oil
- 4 cloves of well-flattened garlic
- 5 pieces of ginger
- Rice wine, brown sugar, and Chinese five-spice
How to Prepare It
Now here’s the fun part. Preparing the pork belly is almost as enjoyable as eating it. But before you can cook anything, you’ll need to remove the bones. Then chop the pork belly into pieces that are either 1.5 thick or 2 inches thick. Grab a large enough saucepan for the job. In this case, you may want a wok instead. Once you have that ready, set your stove to medium-high heat. Don’t make it too hot, but don’t put it too low either. Each piece has to be able to touch the bottom of the pan, so spread them out in a single layer to ensure this happens.
Let the pieces cook for about thirty seconds each, but don’t flip them over yet. Just be sure they get adequately browned. Then flip them over and give the other side a minute or two to cook. Once that’s done, take all of the pork out of the pan.
You’ll then need to cook the toppings. Don’t hesitate to use the same pan – you don’t need to clean it just yet. Throw in the scallions, ginger, and garlic. Stir for about thirty seconds. After that, you’ll need the sugar, water, rice wine, soy sauce, and five-spice. Put the meat back into the mix, cover, and heat on simmer. An hour later, the pork belly should be almost ready. Let it stew for another hour, and then it’s time to eat.
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