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Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table


Pork belly. Cant beat it. Well, perhaps if you have a big stick. But I digress. This is gloriously sweet, sticky and melt-in-the-mouth from fashionista Gok Wans Chinese dad. That man knows a thing or two about aromatic.


Ive served this with apple wedges (peeled) and tossed in 5-spice powder then baked for 20 mins, and smoky mashed potato (made by baking some big potatoes for a couple of hours, then scraping out the flesh and mashing it with melted butter and warm milk). I also kept the cooking liquor, after draining it through a sieve, to keep in the freezer for another time.


Serves 2-4


1-1.25 kg pork belly
3 cloves garlic, peeled and bashed
5cm piece of ginger, peeled, bashed until roughly flattened
2 whole star anise
3 spring onions, trimmed, white and greens separated
3-4 tbsp Shaoxing wine (replace with dry sherry if unavailable)
2-3 tbsp light soy sauce


For the glaze:


3-4 tbsp runny honey
1-2 tbsp light soy sauce


Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table


1. Place the pork belly, garlic, ginger, star anise, spring onions, Shaoxing wine and soy sauce into a large pan. Cover with hot water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer gently for 1½ 2 hours, turning the pork once or twice during the cooking process to ensure even cooking. Once tender remove from the heat.

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table


2. Preheat the oven to 210C/Gas 6. Remove the belly from the stock, remove the skin and a little of the fat below the skin. Place on a roasting tray lined with tin foil  to make it easier to clean at the end of cooking.

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table


3. Mix together the glaze ingredients and pour over the pork belly. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 20- 30 mins, turning often, spooning the glaze over the meat until glossy.

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table


4. Remove the belly from the oven and place on a serving plate. Slice and serve with 5-spiced apple wedges and baked potato mash the best way to make mash in my opinion.


Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table

Gok Wans Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges, Lay The Table

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