Red-braised pork. Chairman Mao’s favourite dish.
There are so many recipes, including long videos, out there of this red-braised pork belly. All celebrity chefs made it. And those to come will make it for sure from now on.
It’s simple and easy to make, there aren’t that many ingredients. It’s full of flavour, soft meat, the sauce is sweet and rich with aromas and spices.
Apparently the favourite dish of Chairman Mao, founding father of the People’s Republic of China, it now sits somewhere on the top of my best Chinese dishes ever.
- 4-500g pork belly
- 50 ml oil
- 50 g sugar
- 50 ml rice wine
- 50 ml light soy sauce
- 2 chilies (dry or fresh)
- 1 star anise
- 1-2 pieces of cassia bark or cinnamon
- 50 g fresh ginger
- 1 spring onion
These are not hard to find ingredients by any means. Any supermarket will do.
In the case of the cassia bark, the dish works the same with cinnamon. They are so similar that in North America cassia bark is sold as cinnamon, so there you go.
As the whole cooking process is covered by the video, I won’t be boring anyone with long instructions.
Just follow the same procedure and (although it does take about one hour to make) you can’t go wrong with it.
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