Red-braised pork belly apple salad

January 2022


1.2kg piece boneless pork belly (skin on), cut into 4 pieces 2 cups (500ml) dark soy sauce
1 cup (250ml) light soy sauce
1 bunch spring onions, green part only, plus 2 spring onions, finely shredded 10cm piece of ginger, thickly sliced
10 star anise
3 cinnamon quills
1kg caster sugar
2 Granny Smith apples, cut into matchs cks 1 bunch coriander, leaves picked
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbs olive oil



  1. Place pork belly, skin‐side up, in a ceramic or glass dish and sprinkle liberally with salt. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, place soy sauces, green spring onions, ginger, spices, sugar and 3L water in a large stockpot over medium‐low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover with a lid and simmer for 1 hour.

  3. Brush some of the salt off the pork, then add to the stockpot. Reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer for 2 hours or un l the meat is cooked and tender.

  4. Cool pork slightly in the stock, then remove from stock and cut into 3cm cubes.

  5. Combine shredded spring onion, apple, and coriander, then season and toss with lemon juice and oil.

Divide pork among plates, spoon over a li ttle stock and top with the apple salad.