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chinese 5 spice pork belly

a recipe by
Lee Thayer
Nakhon Si Thammarat

My mother in law loves Chinese Five Spice Chicken, and loves it more when made using pork belly, so this is a slightly modified recipe than what is on the spice pack. This is not a secret recipe or an internet recipe, this is based on the pack of spice you can buy in every town in Thailand. The Lobo brand of spice/seasoning packs have instructions in Thai and English on every packet I have used from them. I first made this in 2017, and my niece, Ammie, made this yesterday, which is when I got the photo for this.

serves 6-8 servings
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chinese 5 spice pork belly

  • 1-1 1/2 kg
    pork belly (2-3 lb)
  • 10
    eggs, hard boiled
  • 1 1/2-2 Tbsp
    5 spice powder
  • 6 clove
    garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp
    dark soy sauce
  • water
    as needed
  • 2 stick
  • 1
    whole star anise
  • hot cooked rice, for serving

How To Make chinese 5 spice pork belly

  • 1
    Add water to a pot, enough that will cover the pork and eggs. Add the garlic, sugar, salt, cinnamon stick, and star anise, set on medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  • 2
    While waiting for the water to come to a boil, cut the pork belly into 1 1/2 inch pieces, place in a mixing bowl.
  • 3
    Sprinkle the pork belly with the 5 Spice powder and mix together.
  • 4
    When the water is boiling, carefully add the pork belly, and soy sauces. Boil for 10 minutes, skim any foam off the top.
  • 5
    Reduce heat to a simmer and let this cook for about 30-40 minutes. Stirring occasionally, and skim any foam off the top.
  • 6
    Peel the hard boiled eggs, and carefully add to the pot, mix together with the pork. Taste the broth and adjust with soy sauces, 5 Spice powder, salt, or sugar, as desired.
  • Chinese 5 Spice Pork Belly
    Continue simmer for another 30-40 minutes. When the pork is tender, serve with rice, spoon some broth over the rice if desired.

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