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Chinese Braised Pork Belly

Andrea Nguyen

"This dish is called red-cooked pork, or hong shao rou in Mandarin. It's delicious served on steamed buns or over rice. Caramelized sugar, star anise, and sherry give the braising liquid a complex flavor, and a combination of soy sauce and molasses gives the finished sauce its rich, mahogany color. Serve on steamed buns (such as Andrea's Steamed Buns on this site)."
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2 h 40 m servings 279 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (24 pieces)

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  1. Cut pork into eight 2x3-inch pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over high heat. In 2 batches, sear pork, fat sides first, until light golden, 30 to 60 seconds per side. Transfer to a plate. Pour out all but 1 to 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
  3. Add 1/3 cup sugar to pot; melt, stirring if needed, over medium-high heat. Cook until a light caramel color, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium, then return pork to pot, turning pieces to coat. When sugar darkens to an orange color, after about 1 minute, add water; stir to loosen any sugar stuck to the bottom.
  4. Add green onions, garlic, sherry, soy sauce, molasses, star anise, and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. If needed, add up to 1/2 cup additional water to nearly cover pork. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, turning occasionally, until a knife inserted 1/4 inch into the fat layer meets little resistance, about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  5. Transfer pork to a plate with a slotted spoon; loosely cover. Skim fat and drain solids from cooking liquid. Return 4 cups liquid to pot and bring to a boil; simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to about 1 cup, about 30 minutes. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.
  6. Slice pork into twenty-four 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Working in batches, warm pork with half the sauce in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Turn pork frequently to coat and, if desired, let sear slightly. Garnish with cucumber slices and sliced green onion.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Look for pork belly at Asian markets or specialty butchers. If you can't find it, you can use pork shoulder as a substitute; just shred it and discard the fat after braising.
  • Pork and sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead and chilled separately in airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 279 calories; 17 g fat; 15.6 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 41 mg cholesterol; 1285 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I made this with Andrea's recipe for steamed buns. I don't eat pork so I can only review based on my experience of cooking, and my kids' opinions. Cooking was relatively straightforward, though ...