Chinese Braised Pork Belly in Brown Sauce (Hong Shao Rou)

This Chinese braised pork in brown sauce is savory, satisfying, and delicious. And I will show you how easy it is to make at home!

Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce Recipe on a white plate

You will love this recipe for Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce. It’s juicy and tender pork cooked in a flavorful sauce with a hint of spice.

Why I Love this Recipe

Shanghai-style braised Pork Belly (hong shao rou, 纒烧肉) 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 the most flavorful authentic Chinese dishes on my site.

Don’t miss this delicious yet simple pork belly stir fry, too though. It’s so good!

Yulin Zhou and Zhengzheng Ren

Our family has enjoyed hosting international students from Toledo, Spain, and Shanghai, China, over the years. It has been a such wonderful experience that we are so grateful for!

Zhengzheng Ren (Dave) from Shanghai lived with us for his last two years in high school. He went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota, and has accepted a job here.

Dave’s friend, Yulin Zhou (James), from the Hunan Province of China also spent a lot of time at our house.

They both enjoy cooking and have shared many Chinese specialties and cooking techniques with us over the years that I will continue to share with you, including this one for braised pork.

Now it’s your turn. Let’s get started!

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need to make Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce. Affiliate links are below.

Pork Belly

Indulgent pork belly brings a perfect balance of meat and fat, offering your dish a melt-in-your-mouth texture and savory flavor. You can buy pork belly at most Asian markets and sometimes large grocery stores.

Don’t miss these pork belly tacos.

Fresh Ginger

Aromatic fresh ginger adds a kick, infusing warmth and depth to your recipe, and will complement the pork. You can find fresh ginger at most grocery stores and mince it with a sharp knife.

Leeks

Mildly sweet leeks provide a subtle onion flavor, adding freshness and a slight crunch to this dish. You can purchase leeks in grocery stores and Asian markets.

Red Chilies

Fiery red chilies bring a bold heat, elevating the flavor and adding spice to the braised pork. Red chilies are easy to find in most grocery stores.

Bay Leaves

Earthy bay leaves impart a subtle herbal essence, enhancing the savory notes of the pork and creating a well-rounded taste. Bay Leaves are readily available in the spice aisle of food markets.

Star Anise

Licorice-like star anise adds a distinct aroma and sweetness to the pork. Star anise is available in the spice aisle of grocery stores.

Chinese Shaoxing Cooking Wine

Shaoxing cooking wine imparts a depth of flavor to the dish. You can find Chinese Cooking Wine in Asian markets or on Amazon.

Regular Soy Sauce

Regular Soy Sauce contributes a savory and salty element, providing the foundational umami flavor to the dish. Soy sauce is easy to find in grocery stores and on Amazon.

Dark Soy Sauce

This dark soy sauce adds a slightly sweet, molasses-like flavor, enhancing the dish’s flavor. Dark soy sauce is available in grocery stores and on Amazon.

Green Onions and Sesame Seeds for Garnish

Garnish with sliced fresh green onions and sesame seeds. They add a crisp, oniony flavor and a nutty crunch, balancing the dish’s presentation and taste.

Soy Sauce Note:

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.

Chinese Shaoxing Cooking Wine, Lee Kum Lee Premium Soy Sauce., and Lee Kum Lee Premium Dark Soy Sauce. (Affiliate links are underlined.)

Instructions

Let’s start cooking!

1. 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.

2. Cut the ginger and leeks. Gather the other ingredients: red chilies and bay leaves.

3. Mix the regular and dark soy sauce sauce with 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.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with white rice, Vietnamese fried rice, lo mein, or your favorite vegetable. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

And finally, here is the delicious, full-of-flavor recipe! Enjoy.

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Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce Recipe on a white plate

Chinese Braised Pork in Brown Sauce


  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x

Description

You are going to love this classic Chinese dish. It’s juicy and tender pork cooked in a flavorful sauce with a hint of spice.


Ingredients

Scale

Meat Mixture

1 1/2 pounds pork belly

1/4 cup cooking oil

3 tablespoons sugar

Sauce

2 tablespoons regular soy sauce

4 tablespoons dark soy sauce

3 tablespoons Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine

Seasoning

6 red chilies

5 tablespoons fresh ginger

3 star anise

2 bay leaves

2 leeks, sliced diagonally

Flavoring

salt, to taste

Garnish (optional)

green onions

sesame seeds


Instructions

  1. 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 into 1-inch cubes. Set aside.
  2. Over low heat, pour cooking oil and sugar into the wok. Cook and stir until sugar is slightly melted and nicely caramelized; add boiled pork. Increase the heat to medium and cover wok to avoid overspray. Stir until all the pork is incorporated into the mixture and lightly browned.
  3. Turn the heat back to low and add in the sauce ingredients, the red chilies, and ginger. Stir just until incorporated, about 20 seconds. Add just enough water to cover the pork. Add the star anise and bay leaves to the wok.
  4. Increase the heat to high until it boils, then cover the wok, turn 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.
  5. Fold in salt and chicken base. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with rice or LoMein. Enjoy!

Notes

You Do Need Both Kinds of Soy Sauces. It is important to the taste of this recipe to have both kinds of soy sauce. Find both at your local Asian Grocery Store or on amazon.com.

Meat-Buying Tips. Look for pork belly with a good ratio of meat to fat. Pork should have bright white fat and the meat should be a nice pink color.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes: Pork
  • Method: Braising
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese, Braising, Main Dishes, Dinner, Pork, Recipe, Shanghai, China, Authentic, Traditional, Hunan Province

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Nutrition Label. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary.

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. πŸ˜ƒ

xo,
Cindy

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