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Chinese-style Glazed Pork Belly

This Chinese-style pork belly is sweet, salty, and perfectly tender. Slowly cooking the pork in a flavorful mixture of garlic, ginger, and brown sugar gives it that signature sticky-sweet glaze that pairs perfectly with salty soy sauce. Serve it over rice for the ultimate dinner and forget you ever wanted to order take-out.

by Alvin Zhou • featured in 6 Homemade Chinese Dinners

1 hr

1 hr

Ingredients

for 2 servings

  • 20 oz
    pork belly, lean (500 g)
  • 4 cups
    water, plus 250 milliliters, divided (1 L)
  • 4 slices of fresh ginger
  • 2 spring onions, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons
    oil
  • 2 tablespoons
    brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons
    light soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons
    dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons
    shaoxing rice wine
  • cooked rice, for serving
  • sliced green onion, for serving

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Preparation

  1. Cut the pork belly into roughly 1-inch (2 ½ cm) cubes.
  2. Bring 1 liter of water to a boil in a pot, then add the pork, ginger, onion, and garlic, and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Remove the pork from the water using a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. Discard the remaining water and vegetables.
  4. Clean and dry the pot, then return it to high heat and add the olive oil. Return the pork to the pan and cook until browned. The oil may pop and splatter, so be careful.
  5. Add the brown sugar, then reduce the heat to low. Stir continuously until the sugar has melted, caramelized, and coated the pork evenly.
  6. Immediately add the soy sauces and rice wine, stirring continuously for 5-6 minutes more, or until the liquid has reduced to a thick glaze.
  7. Add the remaining 250 milliliters of water. Stir, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Make sure the mixture is at a low simmer, not boiling. Stir every 10 minutes or so, adding more water if the pot is getting dry.
  8. Remove the lid. The sauce should coat the pork in a very thick glaze. If it is too runny, continue to stir, uncovered, until the liquid has reduced.
  9. Serve immediately over a bowl of rice and sprinkle with sliced green onions.
  10. Enjoy!
 

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