Saturday, March 5, 2011

Braised Pork Belly

Recently I won the 1st prize for a give away hosted by Jen of Tastes of Home and the general manager of Yuen Chun was so kind to deliver the prize to me yesterday...I shared some of the sauces with my colleagues who happily chose their favourite product to try:D 

The above are all the products from the prize

I immediately told my son to use the dark soya sauce and black vinegar for this pork dish that he's planning to cook for dinner as we have not tried these products before..

He saute some ginger, onions, crushed garlic and spices with 2 tablespoon of oil

Pour in 2 cups of water ...

add 3 tablespoons of light soya sauce and a table spoon of black vinegar...

and three tablespoons of thick soya sauce...

Add in a bottle of chicken essence...

Lastly gently place the pork into the pot and make sure you add enough water to cover the meat...let it simmer till the pork is as tender as you like.  Add some water if the sauce gets too little as you simmer. Add corn starch mixture to thicken the sauce.  Cut the pork into bite sizes before plating.
Tuck in! So delicious with rice and also with steamed buns:D

I used the Premium Oyster Sauce to stir fry kale to go with the meal...the sauce really does makes a huge difference in taste! It was consumed in no time by the boys who don't like vegetables much!

The recipe for the braised pork belly is as follows:-

600g of pork belly
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 of an onion, cut into wedges
1 inch ginger, sliced
1 stick cinnamon
2 pcs star anise
3 pods of cardamon
5 pcs of cloves
1 tablespoon of white peppercorn
2 cups or more  water
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil


1 tablespoon black vinegar
3 tablespoons of light soya sauce
3 tablespoons of dark soya sauce
1 bottle of chicken essence
Salt to taste

1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoon water to thicken the sauce


1. Heat the frying pan with 2 tablespoon of oil and saute the onions, ginger and spices till fragrant.
2.  Add 2 cups of water and the rest of the seasoning
3.  Pour in the chicken essence.
4.  Gently place the pork belly into the pot.  Add water if neccesary to cover the pork before allowing it to simmer, covered for about 2 hours or till the pork is fork tender.
5.  Add the cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce.
6.  Cut the pork into bite sizes before serving with rice or steamed buns.



  1. Congratulations Jeannie! You're so lucky :) The braised pork looks so delicious, makes me drool...

  2. Whoa, congratulations on your winning! Your collegues got lucky as well. The pork looks awesome. yummm.... Hope you're enjoying your weekend & have fun!
    Blessings, Kristy

  3. Hey Jeannie! Glad you liked the prizes :) I love the dark soy sauce too. Looking forward to more creations of yours!

  4. Congratulations on your winning. I too used this brand of dark soy sauce since we are able to get it here.

  5. @Anncoo...Thanks Ann:)
    AKristy...Thanks! Yes my colleagues were equally happy!
    @Jen ... Thanks to you again Jen:D I am enjoying the prizes!
    @Gert...Thanks! Their soy sauce are quite thick, a little bit goes a long way:D

  6. OMG, the pork looks crunchy and delicious. Congratulations for the gists you received!

  7. Oh, man, this is torture!

    I could get pork belly dishes like this at lots of restaurants in New York, but not here in Maine.

    If I get in my car right now, maybe I could be down there by dinnertime!

  8. Wah.. the pork looks so melty!!! Look at the skin... oooooohhhh
    You know what, this bun in me loves pork belly.
    I've never eaten so much fatty pork in all my life. Now this is really making me drool.
    I love the way you rolled up the pork and put it to braise. I'll try that next time if I'm dealing with lots of pork. Thanks for the tip.

  9. What a lovely meal, Jeannie. You put your gift package to good use. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  10. OMG, that looks delicious, Jeannie. You won a fantastic prize and I look forward to future recipes using that beautiful array of products.

  11. Hi Jeannie, Holy Smoke! Your son can cook? He has a fabulous mom to credit.
    And that pork dish looks sinfully delicious.
    I love this.
    So? You son too has a Black Belt in cooking like his lovely mom?
    Have fun and keep a song in your heart.
    Best regards. Lee.

  12. Yes, Uncle Lee, he can cook and he's studying culinary skills so he's going to be the better cook! That leaves me free to take photos and write my blog while he's cooking! So much easier huh!

  13. Wow, what an enviable collection of sauces and condiments! Even more enviable is to have your son cook with them for you ;)

  14. What a lucky win! I love plum and oyster sauces.

  15. Oh Jeannie, my mouth watering to see this pictures. Very yummy indeed!

  16. Wow... congratulations on the win. This recipe looks fabulous!!

  17. This is gorgeous! I love all the spices - imagining the aroma - and I have a good imagination. Now I'm hungry.

  18. OOOhhh!! So fun to receive a bundle of so many things!! You certainly put them to good use, love the dark soy!

  19. I must admit I've never made this and for some reason I've always been a bit scared to even try! I'll bookmark your recipe, I'll have to give it a go when the weather is cooler here in Sydney :-)

  20. Congrats! I always use Yuen Chun sauce in my cooking too!

    Nice recipe of pork belly!

  21. A terrific gift, those sauces look excellent and the pork belly sounds so good!

  22. Congrats Jeannie. Ooh the pork is so mouhwatering!

  23. your son cooked this? that's so delish looking!!that's quite a useful pack of gifts and that's very nice of you to share some with your colleagues as well!

  24. I love the flavors in this, it sounds so delicious!

  25. Jeannie, your pork dish looks delicious...I love this dish but haven't had it for a while...looks yummie with the veggies. Have a great week ahwad :-)

  26. Congratulations on your winnings. Beautiful meal cooked with your son!

  27. Can I have some of that pork belly right now? It looks so good. What a great way to celebrate your winnings. Thanks for sharing all this culinary goodness. I hope you sleep well tonight and wake up refreshed and ready to embrace the new day!

  28. ooh how fun to win all of that stuff! Love of your food stories by the way! The pork looks delicious!!

  29. Thanks for visiting Jackie, first time I am seeing you here; hope to see more of you:)

    Thanks for your lovely comments folks:D

  30. Congrats, Jeannie. Looks like this is a good start for the year. The pork looks yummy and the sauce will pair well with mantou, more so if it's deepfried mantou.

  31. What a great prize! I have never tried black vinegar, as a matter if fact, I have never even seen black vinegar. I am going to have to track down a bottle to try.


  32. Congratulations on winning the fabulous stuff!
    And the dish was delicious, I'm sure (but I don't eat pork and so...)

  33. Congratulations Jeannie. The pork belly already looks so delicious. Can't wait to see what else you do with your prize goodies.

  34. That's a sweet prize to win! This pork belly looks delicious! :)

  35. I love this, but hardly ever cook it because I want to stay friendly with my waistline...;). But it's indeed a great dish!

  36. Hi Jeannie, I forgot to mention, in the world of Equity markets, pork belly is known as the world's fastest animal....
    the stocks go up and down like no tomorrow.
    Not good for people with weak hearts.

    And many have lost appetite for this particular dish after getting stares from their bank mangers, ha ha.
    Have a nice day. Lee.

  37. Congrats Jeannie! There is enough sauce for a whole year! The braised pork looks delicious though I'd probably use a leaner cut. Interesting that you should add Brand's chicken essence. Have almost forgotten about this drink.

  38. Biren, and that is only 1 carton's worth of goodies! The chicken essence adds more flavour to the dish and I have also used it to steam chicken and fish:)

  39. How cool that you won all that sauce! And I've never made braised pork belly with chicken essense before.. Clever =) I shall have to give it a try.

  40. Nice! Black vinegar, chicken essence and cardamom? Hmm definitely new for me in braising pork belly! Looks absolutely delicious :)

  41. my gosh that fatty goodness if making me so hungryyyy!!
    great step by step instructions! this is the type of asian dish i'd love to learn to cook!

  42. Wow, the prize really consists a lot of sauces, hehe....good for home experimenting.

  43. Wow, what a prize. I am envious! This dish looks incredible with its color and textures. I can almost taste it from my computer. Awesome recipe.

  44. Congratulations Jeannie! Sorry I haven't been able to stop by earlier to wish you. It's a well-deserved prize for such a great dish!

  45. This is my first visit to your blog. Your blog has some interesting recipes.

    Well congrats on winning the first prize! And your braised pork belly is mouth-watering.


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