Five Spice & Soy Sauce Pork Belly Stew

Pork belly is something that I cannot resist. This layered meat is a wonder. You can make roast pork where the skin crackles and fats that melt in your mouth, YUM!  You can make stew, you can slice thinly and stir fry with leeks, you can do many wonderful things with it.

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I cannot resist whenever I see pork belly, I just want to get it and do something with it. Now, pork stew is something that I always enjoy, the meat, the meat sauce that you can drizzle on rice

This is a very simple stew to make. Pork stew is a very common chinese dish and there are many varieties of pork stew. Some just made with pure soy sauce, some use a lot of spices but all of it are good.

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When I moved to Sydney, I realised that pork belly is cheaper than pork chop! In Malaysia, pork belly is a very expensive cut of meat. I am thrilled because I can have a lot of pork bellies for my belly.

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This pork stew is easy to make because you just need to cut the meat and toss everything in a pot and cook for some time, you get yourself a set of comfort food. I added five spice to the pork belly to spice it up a bit. It gives you an extra type of taste when you bite into the pork.

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Five Spice & Soy Sauce Pork Belly Stew (serves 2 with rice)

  • 800g of pork belly
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • ½ tablespoon of dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of five spice powder
  • 2 cups of water
  • Garnish: Coriander leaves and sliced red chilli


  1. Cut the pork belly into size of 2cm width. Like the one in photo.
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  2. Place all the ingredients in the pot. With high heat, cook until it is boiled.
  3. Then turn to low heat and continue to cook for about 1.5 hours. Cook longer if you want pork fats to melt in your mouth. I like it slightly firm this time round.
  4. Serve with steamed white rice if you wish.

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