Crispy Pork Belly with Sweet Soy and Garlic Sauce

Crispy pork belly, oh how much do I love thee!

Of all the parts of the pig, pork belly might be my favorite cut. I’ve cooked it in a thyme and orange juice sauce, sage and cider sauce or my personal favorite: soy, ginger and garlic (surely one of the holy food trinities). Soy sauce pork belly is where it’s at especially with tender, juicy meat inside and a crispy outer coating,

crispy pork belly garnished with a soy glaze served alongside steamed rice and bak choy

How to cook pork perfectly

Achieving a perfectly cooked pork belly is easier than it seems. When it comes to cooking pork, I remember the advice my mom gave me years ago. You have to cook the pork low and slow.  It’s the only way to prevent it from drying out and gets the fat to achieve that luscious consistency that just melts in your mouth and makes your brain foodgasm.

 

crispy pork belly garnished with a soy glaze

 

And the crispy pork crackling?

But how does one get that elusive crispy crackling on top?  Well, I’ve experimented with many different methods over the years and finally settled on a foolproof way to do it.  Simply dehydrate it with a salt and baking soda crust beforehand.  WORKS. EVERY. TIME.

Sweet Soy and Garlic Crispy Pork Belly

So for this recipe, it’s easy.  Coat the skin in rock salt along with a sprinkling of baking soda the night before.  When you are ready to cook the pork belly, take it out and place it in an oven tray with the sweet soy mixture. Cook it low and slow for 2 hours just like mama said. For the last couple of minutes, place it under the broiler at high heat to get that crispy pork crackling goodness.

 

 

crispy pork belly over steamed rice with bak choy

 

 

salt in plastic container
In a fitted container or cling wrap, sprinkle a generous layer of rock down
pork belly skin side down in salt
Sprinkle the pork belly skin with a light dusting of baking soda then put the pork belly skin side down onto the salt layer, wrap it up in cling film and place in the refrigerator overnight.
cross hatched raw pork belly in oven tray with braising sauce
Preheat oven to 175C/350F. When ready to cook, take out the pork belly and rinse the excess salt away with water. Pat dry, cut slits into the skin crosswise (try not to cut into the fat), and rub oil into the skin. Place in an oven tray. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, sugar and red pepper flakes (optional). Mix until everything is thoroughly combined. Pour mixture in baking tray around the pork belly.

 

pork belly cooked for 2 hours in braising sauce
Cook for 2 hours in an oven at 350F/175C. Make sure to check in on it from time to time. Add more water if the liquid in the baking try is getting low.

 

pork belly browned under broiler
After two hours, turn the top broiler to high (250C/500F) and cook until the top skin is golden brown and crackly (about 5-10 minutes. Make sure to watch the pork closely at this time to prevent it from burning. When the top of the pork belly is crispy, take it out of the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
slice meat on a plate
Cut the pork belly into slices

 

 

 

 

sliced meat on a cutting board with a knife
Tip: If you are having difficulty cutting into the crispy skin, simply flip it over and cut upside down, first through the meat then the skin.
crispy pork belly served alongside steamed rice and bak choy
Spoon the sauce from the baking tray over the sliced pork belly. Serve with rice and bak choy cooked in oyster sauce.

 

crispy pork belly garnished with a soy glaze served alongside steamed rice and bak choy
Tip: If you are looking for a sauce with a more gravy-like consistency, mix the remaining liquid from the baking tray with tsp of cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water. Heat until bubbly and thick then spoon over pork
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crispy pork belly garnished with soy glaze

Crispy Pork Belly with Sweet Soy and Garlic Sauce


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x

Description

Mouth watering crispy pork belly cooked low and slow in a sweet soy, ginger and garlic sauce. An easy recipe for a deliciously perfect pork belly. #pork #crispypork #asianrecipes


Ingredients

Scale
  • a large piece of pork belly
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) soy sauce
  • 3 Garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 inch/2 cm ginger (sliced thinly)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • rock salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 12 tsp vegetable oil
  • a light dusting of baking soda

Instructions

Prep:
  1. In a fitted container or cling wrap, sprinkle a generous layer of rock down.  Sprinkle the pork skin with a light dusting of baking soda then put the pork belly skin side down onto the salt layer, wrap it up in cling film and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Cooking
  1. Preheat oven to 175C/350F.
  2. When ready to cook, take out the pork belly and rinse the excess salt away with water.   Pat dry, cut slits into the skin crosswise (try not to cut into the fat), and rub oil into the skin. Place in an oven tray.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, sugar and red pepper flakes (optional).  Mix until everything is thoroughly combined.  Pour mixture in the baking tray around the pork belly.
  4. Cook for 2 hours in an oven at 350F/175C.  Make sure to check in on it from time to time.  Add more water if the liquid in the baking try is getting low.
  5. After two hours, turn the top broiler to high (250C/500F) and cook until the top skin is golden brown and crackly (about 5-10 minutes.  Make sure to watch the pork closely at this time to prevent it from burning.
  6. When the top of the pork belly is crispy, take it out of the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Cut the pork belly into pieces and spoon sauce from the baking tray over the sliced pork belly.  Serve with rice and bak choy cooked in oyster sauce.

Notes

  1. If you are having difficult cutting into the crispy skin, simply flip in over and cut upside down, first through the meat then the skin.
  2. If you are looking for a sauce with a more gravy-like consistency, mix the remaining liquid from the baking tray with tsp of cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water.  Heat until bubbly and thick then spoon over pork.
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Slow Roast
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Crispy Pork, pork belly, Chinese, Asian, slow cooked, pork, crispy, soy, sweet, garlic, ginger

 

crispy pork belly over steamed rice with bak choy and a soy glaze

 

Treat yourself with more pork belly dishes:

Thai Chili Paste, Garlic and Ginger Pork Belly

Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Chorizo Cassoulet

Fried Pork Belly in Chinese Black Bean Sauce

 

 

 

Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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