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Slow cooked Peranakan pork belly

September 30, 2011


Peranakan Chinese are descendents of early Chinese settlers in Malaya (now Malaysia and Singapore) at a time when most of Southeast Asia was colonised. Peranakan cooking combines the use of rich Southeast Asian herbs and spices with traditional Chinese cooking techniques and has evolved into a cuisine of its own right.

The paternal side of K’s family is Peranakan and this is his take on a traditional home-cooked dish he grew up with. The slow-cooking ensures the pork literally melts in your mouth, with the flavours of the sauce seeping through with every bite taken.  

What you’ll need

  • 1.2kg pork belly, skin on, cut into 1cm thick slices
  • 8 cloves garlic, skin on
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 200ml water
  • a handful of fresh coriander

For the marinade

  • 5 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 5 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 4 cloves star anise
  • 1 tsp Szechuan peppers
  • 5cm knob of ginger, sliced

To make your pork belly dish

1. Combine all the marinade ingredients and marinade the pork for at least 3 hours, overnight if possible.

2. Shake off and reserve the excess marinade from the pork then brown in a non-stick pan/wok on a high heat for about 8-10 minutes.

3. Add the garlic, hard-boiled eggs, water and remaining marinade to the pork.

4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 4 hours. At this point, the pork should just hold its structure but the meat should fall apart when pressed with a fork.

5. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.

Serves 6 as part of a Chinese meal

Recipe by Chef K

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2011 3:36 AM

    Looks positively delicious!

  2. September 30, 2011 8:08 PM

    Yum! Just like my mother used to make! Well, she used a leaner cut as she was more health conscious…but I prefer pork belly!

    • September 30, 2011 9:45 PM

      Su-Lin, agreed. We prefer pork belly too but it is not kind to my waistline. Or my arteries!

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