Braised Pork Belly and Eggs in Soya Sauce

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Taste the heartwarming goodness of Chinese comfort food with this simple dish of pork belly slices and whole-cooked eggs braised in flavoured soya sauce. This deliciously tender pork is best enjoyed spooned over steamed rice, drizzled over with its sauce, or with piping hot porridge, and as meat stuffing for plain buns.

chinese braised pork belly with eggs in soy sauce

I have to admit that I am truly and utterly addicted to gravy-rich foods. This probably started from the time I was a wee toddler. I was raised on Chinese and Peranakan meal staples like babi pongteh, chicken curry, and braised pork belly in soy sauce.

That’s just naming a few true-blue Chinese classics, the tip of the iceberg. Not to be missed is this tenderlicious braised pork belly and eggs in soya sauce.

There’s no doubt you’ll find many recipes on braised pork belly anywhere you look. It’s probably one of the most popular and treasured Chinese dishes we’ve inherited.

It remains a humble dish prepared with heartfelt love in many a Chinese kitchen, and uses incredibly simple ingredients.

Why pork belly is our favourite meat for braising

Pork belly is tenderlicious when braised!

Trust me when I say tenderlicious, I mean literally come-apart tender! This is only possible with pork belly or very tender cuts of pork marbled with generous streaks of fat.

The gentle braising process also tenderises the pork skin, turning it translucent, gelatinous, and deliciously jelly-like.

chinese braised pork belly with eggs in soy sauce

Pork belly release flavourful oils!

We love pork belly because it releases flavourful oils, also known as lard. This braised pork belly takes on a smoky, earthy flavour in the sauce as lard fuses with spices and soy sauces. It’s simply umami heaven!

The sauce is reduced to a glaze-like consistency. This is when the savoury, sweet, and salty notes are most bold. Incredibly flavourful, it is a delicious coating over meat, and whatever you spoon it over.

Can I make a confession though? I kind of make a little pool of that sauce in my Chinese dinner spoon, drown the pork chunks in it, and lap it up like soup. Do you do the same?

I’d like to think that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with just taking it all in – to really appreciate this heartwarming dish is to savour it in its entirety!

And I figured if I should feel inclined to eat more responsibly and get all health conscious, I find that it’s easy to pick away at the fatty layers, and dive into the leaner parts of the pork.

chinese braised pork belly with eggs in soy sauce

Common ingredients used for cooking Chinese braised pork belly

In it’s most basic version, braised pork belly can easily be prepared with a very short list of ingredients:

  • garlic
  • ginger
  • light soy sauce
  • dark soy sauce

The versions we’ve now come to enjoy have built upon this, infusing the flavour of the dish with local condiments and spices including:

  • cinnamon
  • star anise
  • cardamon
  • five spice powder 
  • soy bean pastes
  • tamarind juices
  • sesame oil
  • black vinegar
  • Chinese wine

Braised pork belly dishes are so popular as hearty, one-dish meals when stewed together with eggs, Chinese mushrooms, chestnuts, yams, and potatoes. Really, it’s such a versatile dish for using up your pantry ingredients!

Are you beginning to get a sense of just how extremely delicious Chinese braised pork belly is? I sure hope so! Hope you’ll have a go at it!

Enjoy and happy cooking!

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chinese braised pork belly with eggs in soy sauce

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pork belly with eggs in soy sauce

Braised Pork Belly & Eggs in Soya Sauce

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook up this wholesome Chinese dish of tenderlicious pork belly slices and whole-cooked eggs braised in flavoured soy sauce, in just a few easy steps! This delicious, pull-apart tender pork belly makes the perfect accompaniment to steamed rice, piping hot porridge, and even as meat stuffing for plain buns. (Source: 'The Best of Chinese Cooking' by Betty Yew)

Ingredients

  • 600 g pork belly
  • 2 whole pods of garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp thick dark soya sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon bark
  • 1/4 tsp five-spice powder
  • 2 1/2 cups water, or more as needed
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, shelled

Instructions

  1. Slice pork belly into 2 x 5 cm (3/4 x 2-inch) pieces. Rinse garlic cloves, with peels left on, and crush lightly.
  2. Heat up a heavy-bottomed pot or pan (do not add oil) over medium heat until hot. Put in the pork slices and stir-fry for a few minutes. When the fat oozes out, grease the pot or pan with it by stirring the pork slices around the base. Add garlic cloves and toss for a few minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Reduce heat slightly, stir in the light soya sauce, thick dark soya sauce, sugar, salt, star anise and cinnamon bark. Stir-fry quickly to mix well until pork slices are evenly coated all over.
  4. Add in the five-spice powder and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat until braising sauce is gently simmering. Cover the pot or pan with a lid, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs and continue to simmer for another 10 - 15 minutes, or until meat is tender (add a little hot water if braising sauce has reduced too quickly). Allow braising sauce to reduce to a glaze-like consistency, thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. As the braising sauce reduces, the flavours will intensify, so do a taste test. Add more sugar or salt, depending on whether you like the sauce more sweet or more salty. Best served hot with sauce, spooned over cooked rice, noodles or alongside porridge.

Notes

  • This dish can be prepared with chicken. Frying the pork (or chicken) in a greaseless pot or pan reduces water content and accentuates the aroma of the dish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 271mgSodium: 596mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

All nutritional values are approximate only.

8 Comments

  1. Hi Doris, thank you so much for sharing! You made it sound so amazingly delicious that I think I drooled, just reading! I will definitely try this with the yam, because I happen to love yam too! Have a great week ahead!

  2. Hi Celia. I am back to share a new tip I received from my mother-in-law. Add Yam to your BRAISED PORK BELLY AND EGGS IN SOYA SAUCE. Cut the yam into semi-circle with 1 cm thickness; when everything is cooked, scoop up the meat and egg; but leave the sauce to simmer the yam under low fire; use a fork to test if the yam has softened. The yam soaks up the sauce and it is superb delicious.

  3. Hi Doris, sounds like you and I could have a pork belly feast together! Pork belly is my absolute favourite meat too, and I confess that wherever I see recipes that call for pork, I tend to use pork belly first unless it just doesn’t work well with the recipe, like minced pork patty, for example. Thank you for trying the recipes here! Your feedback is always so much appreciated!

  4. Hi Celia
    Thank you for this great recipe. It is so delicious that I have been making it and eating pork belly is my all time favourite meat. Plus I have a hobby of stocking up spices so the cinnamon bark, star anise and five-spice powder have been put to good use. I am making the pork belly again next week… yummy.

  5. Hi Celia. I’m Mayyap from M’sia. Happy to subscribed to your page. Hope to try all your recipes sooooon. They really look yummy ???

  6. Hello, Mayyap! Thank you so much and a warm welcome to you!??? I’m so happy you found my blog too! Looking forward to us both sharing our cooking and baking experiences together on this site, ya?

  7. Hi Jen, this recipe is very versatile so I think you can make this with pork tenderloin, pork ribs, chicken or beef brisket, as long as the meat used can braise till tender for a more enjoyable experience. Hope this helps!?

  8. Hi, I’m not a fan of pork belly, too fatty for me, is there a substitute that you can recommend for meat?

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