Chinese Style Slow Cooked Pork Belly

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Sometimes I seek to design an interesting meal, sometimes I’m just having an imaginative day.  Sometimes, doing something new is triggered by a habit of mine  –  turning up at the local butchers mid-morning on a Saturday, when they are starting to run out of things.

Chinese style plated belly pork

This time, I ended up with a scrummy – looking belly pork joint, and with Christmas fast approaching I fancied something a little different from the traditional Bramley apple.

Chinese Style Belly Pork Sauce

My research into asian-style dishes, however, revealed that most recipes online seem to require half the contents of a Chinese supermarket to make the sauce.  Time for that other culinary habit – improvisation!

Chinese Style Slow Cooked Pork Belly
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Ingredients

  • 1 belly pork joint - just big enough for two
  • 1 desert spoon honey
  • 1 desert spoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • ground ginger, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 stock cube
  • a little corn flour

Instructions

  1. Crush or finely chop the garlic.  Mix the honey, soy sauce, chilli, garlic and ginger into a smooth paste.
  2. Place the pork in the slow cooker and rub the paste in thoroughly.
  3. Boil the kettle.  Mix the stock cube and cornflour into a paste, then stir in 1 litre of water from the kettle.
  4. Pour the stock around the pork, put the lid on immediately and cook on low all day.
Cuisine: Chinese | Recipe Type: Dinner
http://busylizziecooks.com/chinese-style-slow-cooked-pork-belly/

 

Chinese Style Slow Cooked Pork Belly

I served this with steamed stir fry vegetables and boiled rice.  The result was really tasty  –  the pork was melt-in-the mouth tender, and beautifully aromatic.  For a more full-bodied Chinese flavour I would double the amount of sauce I rubbed into the pork.

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