Cookbook:Hongshao Rou (Red Braised Pork Belly)

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Hongshao Rou (Red Braised Pork Belly)
CategoryPork recipes
Servings4 Servings
TimePrep: ~15 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour

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Hongshao rou (lit. red-cooked meat) is a traditional Chinese pork dish. It is a very popular homemade dish, but it is rarely found in Western restaurants. Often a family's exact recipe is a secret and passed down the generations. It consists of pork belly in a thick, sweet, dark sauce, simmered for a long time to soften the normally tough meat. Frequently other meats such as tripe or beef tendon are used in addition to the pork.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. In a medium saucepan, over high heat, heat the oil and sugar together until the sugar melts and turns brown.
  2. Add the cubed pork to the sugar and oil and brown all over.
  3. Reduce the heat, add the stock, ginger, star anise, soy sauce, and Shaoxing wine to the pan.
  4. Cover tightly and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it burning at the bottom.
  5. Remove the lid and add the spring onions.
  6. Boil the sauce until only a thick, dark gravy is left.
  7. The dish may be served now, but if possible, refrigerate for a day to allow the flavours to develop.
  8. Serve with rice, garnish with sliced spring onion.

Notes, tips, and variations[edit | edit source]

  • Add 500 g sliced tripe. If the tripe was frozen, boil vigorously for about 40 mins until tender and not chewy. If fresh tripe is used (highly recommended) this is not required. Add to the pan about halfway through the simmering.
  • Add 250 g beef tendon, cut into small cubes. Boil vigorously for about 40 mins until translucent and not too chewy. Add this to the pan about halfway through the simmering.