MELT IN YOUR MOUTH Chinese Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Lu Rou Fan / 卤肉饭)

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Lu Rou Fan is a Taiwanese braised pork and rice dish. The meat is typically stewed for at least an hour and a half so it is so tender. If you've never had it before, you should give it a try!

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**INGREDIENTS**

**FOR MARINATING THE PORK BELLY**

- 2 tbsp of light soy sauce [2汤匙生抽] [Kimlan light Soy Sauce:https://amzn.to/2KS8wOE]
- 1 tbsp of Shao Xing wine [1汤匙绍兴酒] [Shaohsing Rice Cooking Wine: https://amzn.to/2RW4KWG]
- 500 g of pork belly [500克猪五花肉]

**FOR MAKING THE FRIED SHALLOTS**

- 2 shallots [2个红葱头]
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil [1/2杯植物油]

**FOR BRAISING THE PORK BELLY**

- 1/3 cup of Shao Xing wine [1/3杯绍兴酒] [Shaohsing Rice Cooking Wine: https://amzn.to/2RW4KWG]
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce [2汤匙生抽]
- 1/3 cup of fried shallot [1/3杯炸洋葱]
- 3 slices of ginger [3片姜]
- 2 pieces of star anise [2个八角]
- 50 grams of rock sugar [50克冰糖]
- 3 cloves of garlic [3瓣蒜]
- 1 tsp of dark soy sauce [1茶匙老抽]
- 1 tsp of five spice [1茶匙五香粉] [Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2QNJ1n3]
- 1 and a half liters of water ( If your pot/wok is air-tight, use less water) [1.5升水,如果你的锅密封性很好,可以放少一点水]

**ADD WHEN SERVING**

- 1 Egg [1个鸡蛋]
- Bok choy [上海青]

**HOW TO COOK**

**MARINATE THE PORK BELLY**

- Cut the pork belly into strips. Then cut it into small size. It is about half inch thick.
-Mix it with 2 tbsp of soy sauce, and 1 tbsp of Shao xing wine. Set it aside for at least 30 minutes.

**FRY THE SHALLOTS**

- Cut the shallots into thin strips。
- Add 1/2 cup of oil to a small sauce pot, fry the shallots on low heat. It will take about 5-8 minutes to get it golden brown.
- Strain it And you got your fried shallots.

**BRAISE THE PORK BELLY**

- Heat up your wok. Add in your pork belly without oil. Stir fry it on medium heat.
- Once you see it is getting a little burned on the bottom, then add the Shao xing wine, soy sauce, rock sugar, ginger, garlic, star anise and a pinch of five spice. Keep stirring it until the sugar melts.
- Pour in 1 and half liter of water.
- Add in the fried shallot we made before and add a tsp of dark soy sauce for color.
- Bring it to a boil. `
- Turn the heat to low, let it stew for 1 -2 hours, depends on how tender you want.
- After 1 and half hours the sauce still pretty thin. And there is a lot of fat floating on the top. Skim out the fat so your pork won’t be too oily.
- Now you gonna turn the heat to high, start reducing the sauce. It will just take about few minutes. You will see a lot of bubbles and the sauce is getting thick.
- When the sauce is almost gone, you can turn off the heat.

This is perfect to serve with rice. Serve it with some vegetables and an egg for a nicely balanced meal!

Hope you enjoy! If you have any questions, just post a comment.

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