pork belly is one of our favorite cuts of meat… we love pork fat… we just love pork. pork belly is perfect for slow braising because it needs time to render all that tasty fat out of the meat. it pairs really well with a starchy root or tuber, such as potato or taro. we chose taro this time because it’s super starchy. once it breaks down, it creates a rich creamy sauce that binds all the flavors together.
pork belly around 1 lb (1/2 kg)
fermented beancurd 2 cubes
oyster sauce 1 tbsp
soy sauce 1 tbsp
sugar 1 tsp
garlic and ginger (optional)
medium sized taro
- combine and mix all the ingredients above to the pork (except the taro)
- let it marinate for at least 1 hour (can be overnight also)
- stir fry pork, medium heat, in a pot for a few minutes
- add enough water until pork is completely submerged, cover with lid, let it simmer on low heat for 1 hour
- meanwhile, cut taro into small cubes
- after an hour, add cubed taro to the pot
- simmer at least another 30 minutes until taro is mushy, add more water if necessary or for a creamier sauce
- serve over rice, a la carte, or with veggies
this dish also works really well with pumpkin. it’s a less starchy alternative.
taro soaks up a lot of water, you might have to add more water near the end, make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
you can cook this in advance, it tastes just as great when reheated.