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Cantonese-Style Roast Pork Belly
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9 INGREDIENTS • 17 STEPS • 5HRS 30MINS

Cantonese-Style Roast Pork Belly

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Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 to 3 as a rice-combo.
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Lady and Pups
Hi, I’m Mandy. Lady and Pups is an angry food blog and my misery outlet. Come share how I turn frustration and anger into a lovely meal.
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Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 to 3 as a rice-combo.
5HRS 30MINS
Total Time
$2.78
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
2
US / Metric
Skin-On Pork Belly
1 piece
(1.2 lb)
Salt
2 Tbsp
White Peppercorns
1 tsp
White Peppercorns
Yellow Mustard
to taste
Yellow Mustard
Sweet Soy Sauce
to taste
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
1436
Fat
144.4 g
Protein
25.8 g
Carbs
7.1 g
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step 1
Make 3 lemon peels from the Lemon (1).
step 2
Pulse Salt (2 Tbsp), Granulated Sugar (1/2 Tbsp), lemon peels, Bay Leaves (3), Black Peppercorns (1 tsp) and White Peppercorns (1 tsp) in a spice grinder or blender until coarsely ground.
step 2 Pulse Salt (2 Tbsp), Granulated Sugar (1/2 Tbsp), lemon peels, Bay Leaves (3), Black Peppercorns (1 tsp) and White Peppercorns (1 tsp) in a spice grinder or blender until coarsely ground.
step 3
Place the slab of Skin-On Pork Belly (1 piece) in a baking-sheet. Pork belly should be roughly 8 × 8-inches (can be a square or rectangle). Rub the salt-mixture evenly on all sides of the pork belly.
step 3 Place the slab of Skin-On Pork Belly (1 piece) in a baking-sheet. Pork belly should be roughly 8 × 8-inches (can be a square or rectangle). Rub the salt-mixture evenly on all sides of the pork belly.
step 4
Let sit in the fridge for 2 hours. In the last 30 min, preheat the oven on 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
step 5
Rinse off all the salt-mixture from the pork-belly and the baking-sheet, then place the belly back into the sheet skin-side down (to keep the skin layer relatively flat).
step 6
Cover tightly with foil then roast in the preheated oven for 2 to 2:15 hours. The meat should be tender that a small knife can be easily inserted, but not falling apart.
step 7
Remove the sheet from the oven and let cool for 30 min, then chill in the fridge for 1 hour (skin-side down still) until firm (for easy trimming). Everything up till now can be prepared the day ahead.
step 7 Remove the sheet from the oven and let cool for 30 min, then chill in the fridge for 1 hour (skin-side down still) until firm (for easy trimming).  Everything up till now can be prepared the day ahead.
step 8
30 minutes before serving, carefully remove the pork-belly from the baking-sheet.
step 9
Look at the cut-side and get familiar with the anatomy of the belly. The skin is a very obviously translucent and darker layer apart from the white, opaque fat-layer underneath.
step 9 Look at the cut-side and get familiar with the anatomy of the belly.  The skin is a very obviously translucent and darker layer apart from the white, opaque fat-layer underneath.
step 10
Then grab a big handful of wooden or metal skewers, evenly and thoroughly, make tiny punctures through the skin down the top layer of fat. Instead of random jabbing, move systematically from left to right/top to bottom.
step 10 Then grab a big handful of wooden or metal skewers, evenly and thoroughly, make tiny punctures through the skin down the top layer of fat.  Instead of random jabbing, move systematically from left to right/top to bottom.
step 11
Now trim off irregular edges so you have a 90º brick all around. This helps the belly brown more evenly and beautifully.
step 11 Now trim off irregular edges so you have a 90º brick all around.  This helps the belly brown more evenly and beautifully.
step 12
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, then place the belly skin-side down in the center of the skillet.
step 12 Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, then place the belly skin-side down in the center of the skillet.
step 13
Cover with a piece of foil just big enough to leave steam-holes around the edges (this prevents splattering as well as warming the belly as it cooks). Once you hear sizzling sounds, turn the heat down to LOW.
step 14
If your pork-belly does not have a flat and levelled skin-surface, you can apply weight (I used a small cast-iron skillet) where it needs it for the first 10 min.
step 14 If your pork-belly does not have a flat and levelled skin-surface, you can apply weight (I used a small cast-iron skillet) where it needs it for the first 10 min.
step 15
We want the entire layer of skin to be thoroughly blistered without burning, this take no less than 15 min, up to 20 min. You can check by uncovering the foil and look if the entire thickness of the skin-layer is blistered through.
step 15 We want the entire layer of skin to be thoroughly blistered without burning, this take no less than 15 min, up to 20 min.  You can check by uncovering the foil and look if the entire thickness of the skin-layer is blistered through.
step 16
Place the belly skin-down down, then with a sharp knife, cut through the meat part by zig-zaging the knife, then once you get to the skin, simply press the knife down with swift and firm pressure. Cut the belly into small cubes.
step 16 Place the belly skin-down down, then with a sharp knife, cut through the meat part by zig-zaging the knife, then once you get to the skin, simply press the knife down with swift and firm pressure.  Cut the belly into small cubes.
step 17
Serve with yellow Yellow Mustard (to taste), or on rice drizzled with Sweet Soy Sauce (to taste).
step 17 Serve with yellow Yellow Mustard (to taste), or on rice drizzled with Sweet Soy Sauce (to taste).
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Appetizers
Dairy-Free
Comfort Food
Shellfish-Free
Chinese
Pork
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