Braised Pork Belly Recipe

This is a meal that is built around the flavour of soy sauce and a handful of Chinese ingredients.

Braised Pork Belly Recipe
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Braised Pork Belly is a very famous dish in China. Almost every household cook have their own formula and twists based on the original. This is a meal that is built around the flavour of soy sauce and a handful of Chinese ingredients. The tender velvety meat of the pork belly surrounded by sweet soy sauce and star anise flavours will truly whets your appetite.

The recipe today is very simple. Three main steps, parboiling, braising and caramelising together impart superior flavour and increase visual appeal.

Once you master the basic, you can add other ingredients to layer the flavours. The matched ingredients are spring onion, garlic, dry chilli, bay leaf and cinnamon sticks.

Serve Braised Pork Belly along with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Summer Lettuce Salad for a weeknight dinner.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Non Veg recipes such as

  1. Chicken Vindaloo Recipe
  2. Parsi Salli Boti Recipe
  3. Mutton Keema Samosa Recipe

Cuisine: Chinese
Course: Dinner
Diet: Non Vegeterian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

120 M

Total in

130 M


4 Servings


  • 800 grams Pork belly , cut into 3-4 cm thick pieces
  • 1/2 cup Chinese rice wine
  • 3 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dark soy sauce , (optional)
  • 4 Ginger , slices
  • 1 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Star anise

How to make Braised Pork Belly Recipe

  1. To begin making the Braised Pork Belly recipe, first we will begin with parboiling.

  2. Bring water to a boil in a sauce pan. Put pork into saucepan and boil for 5 minutes. Discard the hot water and wash the gunk off the pork with cold water.

  3. The next step is braising. Place pork belly, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, sugar and star anise in the sauce pan. 

  4. Add water to barely cover meat. Lower heat to a simmer, cover with a lid, and continue braising for about 60 minutes.

  5. Next, we will Caramelise the pork belly. 

  6. Turn to high heat, take the cover off and let liquid evaporate and thicken. Turn and mix the pork to make sure the meat is covered evenly. 

  7. You should end up with a thick, glistening sauce that covers the tender pork belly. It is ready to serve.

  8. Serve Braised Pork Belly along with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Summer Lettuce Salad for a weeknight dinner.