Pork Belly Recipe
600 gram of 3-layer pork belly with skin intact, clean its skin by scrapping it.
Seasoning for pork: 1 – 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce 2 – 3 tablespoons of soy sauce 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine (米酒) ½ tablespoon of fermented broad bean paste (豆瓣酱) ½ small cube of fermented red bean curd (红腐乳/ 南乳) 1 thin slices of ginger, about thumb size 5 cloves of garlic with skin intact, coarsely mashed 2 star anise (八角)
150 grams of preserved (dried) vegetables (梅菜干) 1 teaspoon of light soy sauce 2 tablespoon of sugar 1 teaspoon of Chinese rice wine
1 cup pf cooking oil (for frying)
Method: 1) Steep preserved vegetables in warm water for at least 3 hours in order to extract excessive salt from it. Rinse the vegetables, and change water after every 2 hour of steeping. Thereafter, drain the vegetables a little by squeezing it, and then, chop into little pieces (bite size). Reserve for later.
2) Marinate whole 3-layer pork belly with all seasonings, for at least 1 hour.
3) Remove pork from the seasoning mixture, and pat it dry a little using kitchen towel (to avoid oil splashing when frying it). Do not discard the seasoning mixture. Set aside.
4) Heat wok with oil over medium heat. Fry or sauté pork till slightly browned, or about 80% done. Remove from wok to drain and cool on chopping board.
5) Coming back to the preserved vegetables while waiting for pork belly to cool. Season preserved vegetable with sugar, soy sauce and rice wine. Heat up a clean wok, pan fry vegetables for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove from work and set it aside for later.
6) When pork belly is cool, slice it into 1cm thickness, lengthwise. Lay pork slices neatly after each piece on a medium-sized porcelain wide bowl (or deep plate), with pork skin facing downwards.
7) Return the seasoning mixture and pour over pork slices. Top preserved vegetables evenly on the pork slices.
8) Heat wok with plenty of water over medium fire, place in metal steam rack. Steam pork dish for 45 minutes.
9) When it is done and meat is soften, heat off and remove bowl from the wok. Use a large deep serving plate to cover the bowl filled with pork dish. Use hands (with glove or table cloth) to lift up and ‘lock the pork dish between’ both plate and bowl, hold tightly and tilt them to drain the sauce in a separate bowl. Then, over-turn the whole bowl, and now large serving plate should be at the bottom, while bowl is on top of the plate. Remove bowl, the pork belly should be nicely presented with the preserved vegetables underneath.
10) Return the sauce and pour over the pork dish to serve. If desire, heat wok to slightly thicken the sauce with 1 teaspoon of corn starch sauce, before pouring over pork belly dish. Serve warm.