Chinese Roast Pork Belly

Chinese Roast Pork Belly And there was me agonising over what to do with a gorgeous slab of pork belly – Cider? Wine? Fennel? And then I remembered, it’s Chinese New Year tomorrow –  let’s crisp it up with five spice, garlic and a damn good roasting. I adore Chinese food, but I also know next to nothing about cooking it myself. Lizzie pointed me in the direction of a recipe on Sunflower’s Food Galore for a garlic and five-spice infused belly, which I served with some choi sum, stir fried with garlic and chilli and steamed plain rice.

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25 thoughts on “Chinese Roast Pork Belly

  1. Dan – yeah, Gordon’s gaff ain’t exactly the budget choice is it? So glad to hear it was up to scratch though, at those prices it bloomin well should be!
    Helen – Wow, what a huge complement, thanks! It was my first time cooking it with Chinese flavours so I was a little nervous. That’s the problem with reading food blogs isn’t it? They make you hungry all over again..

  2. Helen – I know. Yep – gutted describes my feelings down to a tee. I won’t be going back there in a hurry.

    Oh well, now I’ve experienced the lows,
    at least I’ve also experienced the highs….

    I had Pork Belly at Gordon Ramsay at Claridges last year – and it was gorgeous – melt in your mouth soft, but with perfectly crisp crackling…. sadly, the whole experience came with a reassuringly hefty price tag which means I can’t repeat that experience too often.

    Dans last blog post..Clerkenwell Lunch options. Part One – Pie and Mash.

  3. Thanks all! Glad to hear you all share the love of the belly!

    Lizzie – I found the choi sum in a Chinese supermarket in Peckham, just at the end of Peckham Rye. I also had a look at the Paganum website and I couldn’t see any belly either. I will contact them and ask.

    Ginger – LOL!

  4. If it wasn’t so late I would run out the house immediety and find me a slab of pork belly. Delicious!

    I’m lucky enough to live close to producers of great quality meat and there are farmers markets every weekend – the joys of Brighton! A lot of my family rear their own livestock and can’t agree more on buying the best you can afford and eating it less often. Some things are worth waiting for…

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  5. Great food blog, recipes and photos, Helen! You sure know how to get our mouths watering.
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  6. That looks delicious, another fine piece of pork belly has been made into a tasty treat!

    Totally agree with you regarding general meat ‘ethics’ and it’s always nice to know where something comes from. Have only had the big ‘monthly shop box’ from Paganum, but will definitely see about the belly next time – plus you get ribs!

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