Crispy Pork Belly
Pork Belly seems to be on every restaurant menu these days. And whenever we see it, Mr. K immediately wants to order it.
So I thought it was time for me to try making my own pork belly. What I love most about pork belly is that super crunchy skin, so for my first attempt, I had to try making a crispy version.
I tried doing a Chinese-style roasted pork belly because that is what I grew up eating. Also, it’s a simple preparation and recipe.
You do have to prepare the pork belly the night before, but all you need to do is score the skin, put on a salt rub, and then let it sit in the fridge overnight to dry out the skin. The next day you put on some more seasoning and then stick it in the oven.
The pork belly skin did indeed come out very crunchy. You have to let the skin blister first, which I was a little sad to see happen because when I was checking on it while it was cooking, it had such a beautiful smooth brown skin layer. There wasn’t much flavor in the actual pork and I think I cooked mine a tad too long. You’re supposed to let all of the skin blister but because the pork belly isn’t completely even, the edges got a little burned before the middle section of the skin finished blistering.
I’m definitely inspired to experiment some more. I want to make the meat more flavorful next time. I also want to see if I can make the skin crispy without having to blister it, like the pork belly I had at Republique.
Crispy Pork Belly
2 lb pork belly
2 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp five spice powder
1. The night before, score the pork belly skin by using a knife and slicing diagonally across 1/4 inch deep and spacing lines 1 inch apart. Then slice the skin diagonally the other direction so you have a criss-cross pattern all the way across the skin. Rub in salt and black pepper. Let pork belly sit in fridge overnight.
2. The next day, preheat oven to 375F. Prepare a roasting pan by adding a 1/2 inch layer of water at the bottom. Rub five spice powder on skin and bottom of pork. If desired, add a little more pepper and salt as well. Place pork belly on a wire rack inside the roasting pan so it doesn't touch the water.
3. Cook about 40-50 minutes until pork belly is cooked. Turn heat up to 500F and cook until all the skin blisters. Then remove from oven. Let pork belly cool slightly before slicing and serving.
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