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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: 6-8 servings 1x


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.



Meat Mixture

1 1/2 pounds pork belly

1/4 cup cooking oil

3 tablespoons sugar


2 tablespoons regular soy sauce

4 tablespoons dark soy sauce

3 tablespoons Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine


6 red chilies

5 tablespoons fresh ginger

3 star anise

2 bay leaves

2 leeks, sliced diagonally


salt, to taste

Garnish (optional)

green onions

sesame seeds


  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!


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

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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