Braised pork belly

This dish is purely delicious and it keeps well in the freezer for leftovers!


Difficulty: Hard

Time: 120 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 462 / Protein 24g / Carbohydr. 16g / Fat 34g

Ingredients (4 servings)

9 gginger
1 stalkgreen onion
2 clovesgarlic
500 gpork belly
50 gsugar
1 lwater
3 tbspvegetable oil
2chilis (dried)
2star anise
0.5cinnamon stick
5bay leaves
5 gsoy sauce
2 tspshaoxing wine
5fermented tofu cubes
vegetable oil for frying


wok, strainer, cutting board, knife

Wine Tip

An off-dry or semi-dry Riesling is always a great wine to enjoy with Asian fare, especially those with a hint of heat. The wine’s crisp, zippy mouthfeel balances out both the spice of the dish and the richness of the pork.

Step 1

Braised pork belly

Cut ginger into thin slices and green onion into large chunks. Mince garlic. Cut pork into bite-sized cubes.

cutting board, knife

9 g ginger / 1 stalk green onion / 2 cloves garlic / 500 g pork belly

Step 2

Braised pork belly

Fill wok one third of the way full with hot water. Place pork belly in water, bring to a boil, and cook for approx. 5 – 7 min. Strain and set aside.

wok, strainer

Step 3

Braised pork belly

Add vegetable oil and sugar to wok and cook over medium-low heat for approx. 3 – 5 min. until it begins to lightly caramelize . Carefully add a bit of water to thin out caramel. Remove sugar from wok and set aside .

50 g sugar / 1 tbsp water / 3 tbsp vegetable oil

Step 4

Braised pork belly

Heat oil over medium-high heat, return pork to pan, and cook until fat has rendered, approx. 4 – 6 min. Discard excess oil from pan and then add green onion, ginger, garlic, chilis, star anise, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Return caramelized sugar to pan and cook for approx. 1 – 2 min. until all ingredients are evenly coated in sugar. Next, add soy sauce, wine, tofu, and water. Reduce heat to low and cook for approx. 1 – 2 hrs. until volume has reduced by half and sauce has thickened. Enjoy with aromatic rice!

2 chilis (dried) / 2 star anise / 0.5 cinnamon stick / 5 bay leaves / 5 g soy sauce / 2 tsp shaoxing wine / 5 fermented tofu cubes / 1 l water / vegetable oil for frying