This dish turned out to be very easy to prepare and not time consuming at all - well, besides the fact that you have to leave it to simmer for minimum 2 hours after you do all the necessary work.
If you happen to have proper summer weather mark this recipe for cold winter evenings!
How to make it...
- 1.5 kg pork belly, deboned with the rind on
- about 1.5 l pork or chicken stock, or water (I used chicken stock)
- 12 spring onions
- 100 ml light soy sauce (I used 70 ml dark soy sauce)
- 75 ml Chinese rice wine (didn't have it...)
- 25 ml rice wine vinegar (I used normal white wine vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons demerara or soft light brown sugar
- 3 star anise
- 10 cm piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
- a good pinch of dried chili flakes
Cut your belly into rectangular chunks, about 2.5 x 5 cm. Put into a large pan, pour over enough boiling water just to cover, bring back to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes (skimming of the scum if necessary). Drain through a colander and return the pork to an empty pan. Pour over enough boiling hot stock (or water) to cover it again. Cut 5 of the spring onions in half and add to the pan, add your ginger, soy sauce, rice wine, vinegar, sugar, star anise and chili flakes. Stir well and bring back to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot tightly and simmer slowly for about 2 hours (I simmered mine for 2,5 h). Meat has to be very tender, soft and succulent.
Hugh is reducing the stock until it is lightly syrupy and very aromatic but I didn't do it - I've treated it more like a soup. Serve over plain noodles in soup bowls, with plenty of the broth ladled over and the sliced spring onions scattered on top of the meat.