Braised Pork with Five-Spice Powder

I found a recipe of braised pork with five-spice powder in Famous Cuisine magazine and decided to try it out yesterday. But when cooking halfway, I took a sip of the gravy and find that the taste is a tad bland for my liking, so I modified the recipe slightly to enhance the flavour. I'm quite satisfied with the end result, especially the gravy which I stirred into my porridge and finished in a few gulps. ;-)

Braised Pork with Five-Spice Powder Recipe (五香卤肉)
(Adapted from Famous Cuisine Magazine, issue 48)

500g pork belly
100g shallots, chopped
5 garlic cloved, chopped
500ml water

1-2 tbs five-spice powder
1 tbs salt

2 tbs sugar
1/2 tbs light soy sauce
1/2 tbs dark soy sauce

1) Heat up 2 tbs of oil in a preheated wok, then stir-fry chopped shallots and garlic until fragrant. Add in sugar and cook until it is dissolved.
2) Put in pork belly and shallow-fry until aromatic.
3) Pour in water, light soy sauce and dark soy sauce, bring to boil, cover and stew at low heat for 30-45 minutes, until the meat is tender and the gravy is thickened.
4) Remove the stewed pork belly from wok, cut into slices and serve with gravy.


mycookinghut said…
Yummmmmm.. I love the taste of five spice... with pork is great!!
daphne said…
oh yum. i'm sure that will go well with rice as well.
Stardust said…
Five spice is an option well chosen! Ahh... would like to try the gravy nah...
ioyces said…
looks yum!! mom tells me to add pandan leaves to brasied soy dishes if they are available..(add at the stir fry stage with shallots and garlic).i tot it was quite a curious addition..but works quite well.. :) try it next time k?
Priscilla said…
Oh, that looks so good! You are making me hungary for the Braised Pork I get a restuarant not far from me.
I like your blog name Piggy - too cute!
Piggy said…
Hi My Cooking Hut,

I love 5-spice powder too! ;-)

Hi Daphne,

yeah, i believe the rice would taste great with lotsa gravy!

Hi Stardust,

Hee.. try out the dish then, it's quite simple. :-)

Hi ioyces,

Hmm... stir-fried with pandan leaves? that sounds so interesting... I'll try it out next time then!

Hi Priscilla,

Thanks for dropping by! :-D
Delphine said…
Very nice braised pork & it makes me very hungry & will try it, by the way would like to confirm your garlic, do you mean 5 big clove or 5 pip. Please advise. TQ
Piggy said…
Hi Delphine,

Thanks for dropping by!

you should use 5 pips of garlic. :-)
Delphine said…
I have dropped by quite often, but at times I can understand & do not need to ask too many question & not to bother you unless necessary. I like & love most your recipes too & it is easy to follow. Thank you very much for your prompt reply.
Delphine said…
I have tried this braised pork with five-spice & just love it, very tasty & suit best for porridge. Thanks for your recipe.
Piggy said…
Hi Delphine,

Glad that this recipe works for you! :-)
kimberly said…
hi, may i know when and how long do i marinate with five-spice powder on the pork belly?

thank you!