Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce (Tau Yew Bak)

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Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce is a popular home cooking dish in Malaysia and Singapore. And it’s about to become one of your family’s favorite dishes too.

One of the most important ingredients for this dish is soy sauce and with many dimensions of spices build upon it. The pork belly is hearty and comforting to eat. Add another boiled egg to this. It just adds another layer of happiness to the dish. It’s perfect!

For the pork belly
1 pound of pork belly, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 slices of ginger

For the marinade:
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon of five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
Pinch of salt

For the sauce:
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of sweet soy sauce (Kecap Manis)
1/2 teaspoon of five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
Pinch of salt

Other ingredients:
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 cinnamon
3 pieces of star anises
3 cloves
6 cloves of garlic, unpeeled, smashed
1 tablespoon of yellow rock sugar
4 cups of water
6 boiled eggs

To remove the pork belly’s blood and its gamey taste, boil a pot of water over high heat. Add the 1 pound of pork belly and 6 slices of ginger and cook for 5 minutes. Take it out and drain. Throw away the ginger.

To marinate the pork belly, add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of five-spice powder, 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper, a pinch of salt. Mix well. Let it sit for 15 minutes.

To make the sauce, combine 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sweet soy sauce (Kecap Manis), 1/2 teaspoon of five-spice powder, 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper, a pinch of salt. Mix well.

In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Then add 1 cinnamon, 3 pieces of star anise, 3 cloves, and 6 cloves of garlic. Stir until the aroma comes out. Transfer in the pork belly and cook on low heat until lightly browned. Add the sauce and stir fry until combined. Add the rock sugar and continuously stir until it’s melted. Pour in 4 cups of water and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to medium-low heat and cook for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, add another 2 cups of water if the water can no longer cover the pork belly. Transfer in the 6 boiled eggs and cook for another 30 minutes.

You could also transfer everything to a clay pot. The food will be hot for a longer time.


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