Is it healthy, no (it is deep fried), but do I have it all the time, no, so do I care that it isn't healthy, no. Does it taste great, absolutely. This meal is so easy to make, but the end result is delicious. Don't be tempted not to add the spring onions and chilli, it is essential for added flavour. We like to have it with Bok Choy, I'll add the recipe for that also, a side of steamed rice goes well with it also.
950g whole pork belly, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 teaspoons soy sauce
8 tablespoons Shoaxing cooking wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon white pepper
3 tablespoons salt
2/3 cup plain flour
2/3 cup cornflour
Vegetable oil, for frying
3 long red chillies, finely chopped
6 green onions, finely chopped
To serve: baby bok choy and steamed rice
Put your rice in your rice cooker, start that cooking while you get on with the pork.
Slice the pork belly into 1/2-1cm thick slices.
In a large bowl add the pork, garlic, soy sauce and dry sherry. Mix to combine. Allow it to marinate for at least 20 minutes, give it the occasional stir.
In a medium sized bowl add the plain flour, cornflour, salt and pepper
In a medium sized saucepan or wok, add enough oil to come up 3-4cm up the side of the saucepan. The oil is hot enough when you drop in a small piece of bread and it sizzles immediately.
When the oil is ready, dust the pork in the flour mixture, add it to the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan as you will stew the pork, not fry it. I did approximately 5-6 slices at a time. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until just golden and cooked through. Place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat until all the pork is cooked. Now I taste the pork, if it needs a little more salt and pepper, just sprinkle on a little more while the pork is still warm, until you are happy with the taste, for me it really just needs a little sprinkle at this stage. Cover the cooked pork loosely with foil while cooking the remaining pork, to keep it warm.
Sprinkle the green onion mixture over the pork.
Serve immediately while still hot with the 'bok choy with garlic, honey and soy' and the steamed rice.
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