• 4servings
  • 696calories

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Nutrition Info . . .

NutrientsProteins, Lipids
MineralsCopper, Phosphorus, Molybdenum

Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 1/3kg piece boned pork belly , skin on and scored, ask the butcher for the thin end

  2. 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Rub the pork with the five-spice and 2 tsp sea salt then leave, uncovered, in the fridge for at least 2 hrs, but preferably overnight. When ready to cook, heat oven to its maximum setting. Lay the pork on a rack over a roasting tin, making sure the skin is exposed. Roast for 10 mins before turning down the heat to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4, then leave to cook for a further 1½ hrs. Have a look at the pork - if the skin isn't crisp, turn up the heat to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7, then cook for another 30 mins until crisp. Leave to rest on a board for at least 10 mins.

  2. To make the dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients together with 2 tbsp water. Cut the pork into small pieces, then serve with the sauce, plus boiled rice and steamed greens, if you like.

  3. Pork belly When whole, the belly has a thick and a thin end, with the ribs attached to the thick end. A whole pork belly will weigh about 3kg but will feed about 8-10 people, so half a belly is perfect for four, with leftovers. Pork belly can either be tied into a joint and roasted, or roasted as a flat piece, as in my recipe, right. It is also delicious slow-cooked in liquid - this is best done skinned, but you won't get the wonderful crackling that comes from roasting.


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