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Pork Belly

AzScottAzScott Posts: 309
edited 7:28AM in EggHead Forum
Does anyone have any really good recipes for pork belly other than bacon? I've had several meals where pork belly was the main dish and they were always outstanding.

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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,239
    Try oriental, there are several Vietnamese ones out there. This is an interesting one.

    Pork, Butt, Pork Belly, Braised Pork Belly, Thit Kho, Vietnamese

    The coconut water used in this recipe is the clear liquid from the heart of the immature coconut. Do not confuse it with the white coconut milk (canned and frozen) that is extracted from the grated flesh of the mature coconut. You may purchase coconut water frozen; it is usually sold in clear, square or rectangular plastic bags -- sometimes a few thin slices of coconut meat are included. Pork belly (where bacon comes from) is the desired and traditional cut for this dish because it has the perfect balance of lean meat to fat. However, you may substitute the leaner Boston butt.


    INGREDIENTS:
    1 1/2 - 2 lbs pork belly or side pork, or Boston butt, cut into 1 1/2 inch slices
    3 Tbs oil
    4 Tbs sugar
    3 Cloves garlic, slivered
    2 shallots, slivered
    2 Tbs peeled, slivered fresh ginger
    1/3-1/2 cup fish sauce
    12 oz fresh or frozen coconut water (see head note)
    4 hard-cooked eggs, quartered




    Procedure:
    1 In a thick-walled 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan, heat the oil and add the sugar, stirring until the sugar melts. Cook until the sugar turns a light brown and caramelizes. Add the garlic, shallots and ginger. They will sizzle. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
    2 Over high heat, add the pork belly and stir. Add the fish sauce and coconut water. The liquid should barely cover the pieces of pork. Add water if necessary. Bring to a boil, add the eggs, cover and cook on medium heat for 35 to 45 minutes. Remove lid and cook until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup, or comes up about one third of the way on the pork.
    3 Serve warm.
    4 Marinate the pork overnight in garlic, shallots, sugar fish sauce. Place eggs in pot and at the end chop them up.


    Yield: Serves 6 to 8

    Recipe Type
    Main Dish, Meat

    Recipe Source
    Source: Viet World Kitchen, 2006/09/09
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Isn't pork belly more fat than meat?

    GG
  • Big PapaBig Papa Posts: 220
    Isn't that why we love pork!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fat is flavor
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