Pork Belly Forever
If you are what you eat, then I am a mess of pork belly. This fatty pork remains my Achilles heel of food weaknesses. Granted I don’t eat it as much as I want but, when I do, it has to be cooked to perfection. Now, in my humble opinion, no region does fatty pork dishes better than Asia. Whether it is sliced thinly and stir-fried in Gojuchung paste, twice-fried in a salted Chinese black bean sauce, or crisped up Cantonese style, every bite is a divine pleasure. AND yes, I will happily devour it.
Pork recipe du jour
Right now, my favorite pork du jour is pork belly slow-cooked in a mixture of its own fat, Thai chili paste, ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Tender fatty pork, slightly crisped on the outside, slowly cooked in the aromatics of Thai Chili paste which renders the fat a beautiful red color so that I can’t help but be tempted to spoon over everything else on my plate. Don’t judge me, if you tasted it, then you’d do exactly the same thing.
Pork belly slow-cooked in a mixture of its own fat, Thai chili paste, ginger, garlic and soy and roasted until slightly crispy but still tender. #pork #thai #easymeals #porkbelly #slowcooking #spicy
- 1 TBSP ginger (crushed first then sliced)
- 4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
- 1 TBSP Thai Chili Paste (Nam Prik Pao)
- 1 TBSP soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 400 g (14 oz) pork belly (skin removed)
- 1 cup (240 ml) of water
- chopped scallions for garnishing
- Preheat oven to 175 C / 350 F.
- Cut pork belly into blocks 2 in x 1 in (4.5 cm x 2 cm) large.
- Combine water, soy sauce, Thai Chili Paste, crushed ginger and garlic together in a large pan. Bring to a boil over high heat and add pork belly. Season with 1/2 tsp of sea salt.
- Stir together and let cook in chili broth over high heat until the mixture has reduced by half.
- Transfer to a shallow baking dish. The baking dish should be big enough to lay each piece of pork belly flat but still small enough for each piece to be smothered in its own juice. As the pork belly roasts, the water will evaporate and be replaced with the rendered fat from the pork.
- Slowly roast in the oven at 175 C /350 F for 45 min- 60 min. The pork should be slightly brown and crispy on the inside but still tender and soft.
- Remove from oven and garnish with chopped scallions. Slice it up thin or leave it in larger pieces.
Just make sure to spoon some of that chili broth over it for extra flavor.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 70
- Category: Pork
- Method: Slow Roasting
- Cuisine: Asian/Thai
Keywords: pork, pork belly, slow-roasted, confit, Thai, Thai chili sauce, Nam Prik Pao, ginger, garlic, soy sauce
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