Chinese Hakka-style Steamed Pork Belly

Ingredients

1-1/2 lb whole piece pork belly
5-6 oz dried preserved mustard greens (梅菜), soaked, rinsed, drained and shredded
2 slices ginger
2 star anise
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1-1/2 tablespoons rock sugar
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoons light soy sauce

Seasoning

1 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons shaoxing wine
1 cup chicken broth

Thickening

1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tbsp water

Method

  1. Put the pork belly in a pot, and cover with cold water. Add the ginger slices and star anise. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 35 minutes.
  2. Remove pork and set aside.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wok over medium heat. Brown the pork skin side first, followed by the other sides. Once browned, add a teaspoon of dark soy sauce and a tablespoon water, and carefully coat the pork in the liquid. Turn off the heat and let the pork cool in the wok.
  4. Slice the pork into 1/2-inch slices, and arrange them in the bottom of a shallow heat-proof bowl.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and sugar to the wok. Cook the sugar until it melts and caramelized.
  6. Add the minced ginger and cook for 30 seconds. Then add the preserved vegetables, and stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add seasoning ingredients. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat.
  8. Spoon the preserved vegetable mixture over the pork belly in the bowl and spread evenly to cover all the pork. Put the bowl in a steamer and steam for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  9. Remove the bowl from the steamer and pour off any excess liquid into your wok.
  10. Bring the liquid in the wok to a gentle simmer, and add the thickening solution.
  11. Cover the bowl of pork with your serving plate and flip it over onto the plate. Pour the sauce over the dish and serve with cooked rice.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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