I'm a sucker for Chinese Braised Pork Belly - I know it's not the healthiest choice in the world, but boy, it's delicious. The meltingly tender pieces of fat and meat - so juicy and perfect, in the fragrant sauce - it's a taste of China with every treasured bite. Braising meat, is one of my favourite ways to cook, and this Chinese braised pork recipe is one of my tastiest. A little goes a long way and the flavour is so intoxicating you'll want to drink it from the bowl... (actual event).
Low and slow Chinese Braised Pork Belly - Instant Pot Style! (and regular cooking style)
Braising can take forever, but of course that's why the pressure cooker and more recently, Instant Pot were invented. To take all the wonderful results from slow cooking and put them on fast forward. I avoided the Instant Pot for so long, somehow thinking it wouldn't be the same as cooking in a pan on low - but I must confess... in every way it is.
Those not familiar with pressure cooking, or those with no interest will be pleased to know I offer you the recipe for both. Both are simple, only one of you will still be waiting, long before the other has devoured their helping. Just to note, you'll have your slow cooked/fast-tracked treasure in a mere 25 minutes!
A simple recipe - hardly any effort at all.
This Chinese braised pork belly has five spice and a few other ingredients that give the authentic Chinese flavours we know an love - the aniseed sweetness from the five spice, the saltiness from soy and sweetness from sugar with a slight sour note from the rice vinegar - a perfect concoction of all the taste sensations. It really is as simple as putting all the ingredients into a pan and waiting for them to do the magic. You don't have to do anything other than cook the rice. And if you have a rice cooker you don't even need to worry your pretty little head with that either.
This is convenience food that is even more convenient than eating out or ordering take out. And it's every bit as authentic and delicious. So no need to take out... take away this delicious and easy recipe right now!
Serving suggestions and other delicious Chinese Recipes
I like to serve at least one other dish alongside the braised pork belly. Something fresh and green to cut through the richness of the meat. My Chinese cucumber salad is another super-simple dish to prepare - no cooking involved! If you're up for a little light stir frying then maybe try my Snow Pea Sprouts with Garlic - one of my all time favourite Chinese sides. Or maybe the creamy, delicious Chinese eggplant. So much flavour! Oh, and if you do become addicted to pork belly, why not give this delicious Vietnamese Thit Kho, a try - it's a similar dish to this but has some delightful additions, like lemongrass and boiled eggs! Trust me... it's a food of the gods.
How to make my Chinese Braised Pork Belly (Instant Pot Style)
- Add to the Instant pot all the ingredients. Top with 2½ cups water and stir a little.
- Set the Instant pot to high pressure for 25 minutes.
- Release the pressure and then remove the lid. Check the pork is tender. If not, return for 5 minute intervals until done.
To cook on the stove top
- Add all ingredients to a pan with the same amount of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer gently for 90 minutes, until the pork is tender.
- That's it! Serve sprinkled with more spring onion and lots of fluffy rice.
Nutrition (per serving)
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