Chinese Deep Fried Pork Belly

Deep fried pork belly is a popular appetizer in China.  Its salty, meaty, hearty and rich flavors pairs nicely with a spicy sesame dipping powder!

Deep Fried Pork Belly

Deep Fried Pork Belly

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8
Calories 369 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pork Belly

  • 1 lb pork belly
  • 2” knob ginger, minced (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • Pinch of white pepper

Batter

  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup water

For Frying

  • 4 cups vegetable oil

Dipping Powder

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp chili powder

Instructions
 

  • Remove the skin from the pork belly.  Slice the pork belly into thin strips, 2” to 3” long.  
  • Put the pork belly and ginger into a bowl.  Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, egg white, cooking wine and pepper.  Massage the mixture for several minutes to thoroughly mix the ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch, flour, baking soda, eggs and salt.  Stir water while mixing, a little at a time, until the mixture reaches a batter-like consistency.
  • Add the pork belly to the batter and stir to combine.
  • Heat 4 cups of vegetable oil to a temperature of 350℉.  Careful lower coated pork belly strips and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the batter is a pale yellow.  Remove strips from the oil to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Turn the heat up and heat oil to 380℉.  Return the pork belly strips and fry until they turn a golden brown, 1-2  minutes.  Remove from pan to paper towel-lined pan.
  • In a skillet or wok, toast sesame seeds. Use a mortar, blender or grinder to turn them into powder.  Mix in chili powder and salt.
  • Dip the fried pork belly into the sesame/chili mixture before eating!
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Here in the US, we eat pork belly mostly as bacon and salt pork.  In many other countries, it’s eaten as a popular main dish or appetizer.

Suggestion: Twice-cooked pork belly is another Chinese dish brought to us by Yohungs Country Kitchen!

Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly (huí guō ròu)

This colorful dish, Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly, is common in Southwest China and involves two distinct cooking methods: simmering followed by stir-frying with vegetables.

Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly

Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly (huí guō ròu)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6
Calories 470 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • lbs pork belly without skin
  • 1” knob ginger, chopped
  • 2 green onions
  • A few peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 leek, trimmed (white part only)
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp jarred crushed pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Put the pork belly in a pan and cover with cold water.  Add ginger.  Cut the white ends from the green onions and add those as well, followed by the cooking wine and peppercorns.  
  • Bring the water to a boil for 20 minutes.  Immediately transfer pork to cold water and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Cut green onions, leek, carrot and pepper into 1” slices.  Slice garlic and chili peppers.
  • Thinly slice pork belly. 
  • Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or wok.  Add pork belly and cook until all the fat has been rendered.  Add bean sauce, crushed pepper, sugar and soy sauce.  Cook and stir until well incorporated.
  • Put carrots in the pan and saute them for a minute or two.  Add leek, garlic and bell pepper and chili peppers. Saute until the vegetables are cooked to your preference, adding green onions in the last few minutes.
  • Serve with rice or noodles, if desired.
  • Hack:  You can replace the carrot and pepper with whatever vegetables you prefer or have on hand.
  • Hack:  You can substitute sweet bean paste or hoisin sauce for the sweet bean sauce. 
  • Hack:  Leftovers can be stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months
  • Hack:  Check the produce department for loose, single carrots.  If you don’t see them, ask a clerk if they’re available.   
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