Wine Braised Belly (东坡肉)

This is my version of wine braised pork belly. I recently bought an all in one cooker and was excited to make dishes from it. I was quite pleased how easy it was for me to prepare a dish while I am doing other things at the same time. The dish came out perfect! This is my first time making this dish and let me tell you, my husband just can’t stop raving about it. He normally would just eat a quarter cup of rice, but tonight, he just couldn’t resist it and added more. The meat is so tender, sweet and savoury. (油而不腻,是一个很好下饭的一道菜). Try it and you will not regret it!

Ingredients

  • 1kg Pork Belly
  • 2 bunches of spring onion (chopped about 3 inches long)
  • 25g sliced ginger

Seasoning

  • 300g shao xing wine
  • 50g jiang Qing soy sauce (premium soy sauce, I used Feng He Brand)
  • 20g dark soy sauce
  • 70g rock sugar – lessen if you want less sweet, up to your preference

Method

  • Mix all seasoning together except the rock sugar, set aside
  • Blanch the pork belly, rinse and pat dry. Sliced it into big chunks. (Note for blanching; Put the pork belly in a pot filled with water, then turn on the fire at high heat. Allow it to boil for a minute or two. This will remove the impurities from the pork. )
  • Lay the sliced spring onion into the pressure cooker pot, followed by the sliced ginger, then the meat chunks. Pour all the seasoning in, followed by the rock sugar
  • Cover and set the pressure cooker mode. My pressure cooker doesn’t have pork mode, so I used the bean and tendon mode which has a setting of 30 minutes. Seal the vent and press start. After 30 minutes release the pressure and open the lid to check. Now the meat is tender but the gravy has not thickened.
  • Keep the lid open and press the sauce thickening mode, I did this twice as I find the gravy has not thickened enough. Each time was a setting of 8 minutes. Use your own judgment to gauge how many times you need to use the thicken mode. Flip the meat to allow it to fully coat with the gravy as you thicken the sauce. The end result is a dark caramelised tender pork. Warning : Prepare more rice when you cook this dish. =)

Pork Belly in bean sauce

With just the right balance of saltiness and sweetness, this Iberico Pork Belly in bean paste sauce envelops you in a blast of flavour with each and every bite. Eat it as a side dish together with a bowl of steamed rice – definitely a comfort food I must say. My youngest son happily gobbled his food and didn’t hesitate to get second serving of rice.

Ingredients

  • 500g sliced Pork Belly (sliced, about 2 inches in length) I prefer to use Iberico, these are the thinly sliced one like bacon but not cured
  • 85g sliced yellow onion
  • 2 tbs oil

Gravy

  • 230g water
  • 25g sugar
  • 30g soy bean paste ( I used Korean brand )
  • 25g light soy sauce
  • 10g dark soy sauce
  • 10g potato starch (potato starch has more thickening power than cornstarch and more stable as well )
  • 12g mirin

Method

  • Add all the gravy in a bowl. Set aside. I noticed that some bean paste are saltier than others, it would be better for you to taste the mixed gravy and adjust the saltiness or sweetness accordingly.
  • In a heated wok on medium fire, drizzle 2 tablespoon of oil. Stir-fry the onion until fragrant.
  • Add in the pork belly. Stir fry until all the fats rendered and meat are brown. Drain all the excess oil. Add in the gravy. Stir well and let it come to boil. The sauce will turn slightly thicken. Turn off the heat.
  • Serve hot.