Today, I am featuring a tender, flavorful, and delicious dish called Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce.
Chinese Braised Pork Belly
Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly (Hong Shao Rou) is a popular dish in China. You’ll understand why the minute you taste it!
Braised Pork in Brown Sauce has just the right amount of bold flavor. But, of course, you can tweak the spice level to your liking. This dish is one of my favorite authentic Chinese dishes to date!
Our family has enjoyed hosting international students; from Toledo, Spain, and Shanghai, China, over the years.
The experience has taught us so much, expanded our perspectives, and enriched all of our lives. It’s been such a blessing on so many levels. We’ve built relationships that will surely last a lifetime!
The Chinese recipes on the site are direct from China, literally.
Zhengzheng Ren (Dave) moved here to Minnesota in 2015 from Shanghai. He lived with us for his last two years in high school. He then continued to the University of Minnesota and just graduated from the Carlson School of Management last month.
We are delighted he accepted his first job in Minneapolis, so we will still be able to see him and be part of his life.
Zhengzheng has cooked many Chinese specialties for us over the last six years. He has also invited other international friends over to our home to cook.
Yulin Zhou (James), from the Hunan Province of China, is one of them! We love Yulin; he is a sweetheart and an avid cook; he has taught us Chinese cooking techniques and shared many delicious recipes.
Now it’s your turn. Let’s get started! Here are the ingredients you will need to make Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce.
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Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine
Regular Soy Sauce
Dark Soy Sauce
Greens Onions, garnish optional
Sesame Seeds, garnish optional
Two Kinds of Soy Sauces
It seems odd, but it’s essential to the taste and the color of many Asian recipes to include both kinds of soy sauce, regular and dark.
You can find both sauces at your local Asian Grocery Store or order from Amazon.
Once you have these in your kitchen arsenal, you can use them in many delicious Chinese recipes I will share.
Let’s Start Cooking
Boil the pork until you see large areas of white foam. This means that the meat is fully cooked. Drain and rinse the pork with cold water. Cut the pork belly into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
Cut the ginger and leeks. Gather the other ingredients; red chilies and the bay leaves. Mix the sauce, both regular and dark soy sauce, and Shaoxing cooking wine.
Over low heat, add the vegetable oil and sugar to the wok. Cook and stir until sugar is slightly melted and nicely caramelized, then add boiled pork.
Increase the heat to medium and cover the wok to avoid overspray. Stir until all the pork is incorporated into the mixture and lightly browned.
Turn the heat back to low and add the sauce ingredients. Stir. Toss in the red chilies and ginger. Stir just until incorporated, about 20 seconds.
Add just enough water to cover the pork. Add the star anise, bay leaves, and leeks to the wok.
Increase the heat to high until it boils, then cover the wok, turn the heat down to medium/low and simmer for 40 minutes – 1 hour or until pork is tender.
Turn up to high heat until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Add water if it gets too dry. Fold in salt and chicken base.
Braised Pork Belly Recipe
And finally, here is the delicious, full of flavor, recipe! Enjoy.Print
Serve with white rice, fried rice, lo mein, or your favorite vegetable. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
I know you’ll enjoy this authentic Chinese meal as much as we do! If you make it, please let me know in the comments below. 😃
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