Pork belly doesn’t get much better than you find in this Thai braised pork belly stew.
This really is Asian pork belly at it’s juiciest and very best! If you are a fan of Chinese food, you will most definitely taste the Chinese influences in this dish. It is, however very much Thai and you are almost certain to find this Thai braised pork belly stew served in and around Phuket if you visit.
There, it is called moo hong. It is perfect served on its own with a little rice or as part of a larger Thai feast. If you would like to try some of my other Thai recipes, be sure to check them out here.
About this recipe
This is a recipe I learned while staying in Phuket and researching for my cookbook ‘The Curry Guy Thai’. The small hotel I was staying at served this dish when I asked them for their signature dish.
Moo hong, as it’s called there definitely has Chinese influences so this really is an Asian pork belly stew though it’s considered Thai.
This dish is rich in flavour and the tender pieces of pork belly just plain get it!
Can you work ahead?
Yes. This braised pork belly stew can actually be prepared a couple of days in advance of cooking. This makes it the perfect dish if you are having a group of Thai food fans over.
As the braised pork belly stew sits in the fridge, the flavours develop and it becomes even better.
How long with this braised pork stew keep in the fridge?
You can keep this in the fridge for at least 3 days. Just be sure to cover it tightly and it will be as good as if not better than when you make it.
Can you freeze the leftovers?
Yes. This stew freezes really well for up to 6 months.
Just allow it to defrost completely and then heat it up in a pan or in your microwave.
Is this a spicy recipe?
No. It could be if you add chillies but traditionally, the only heat that goes into this braised pork belly stew is black pepper.
Would you like it more spicy? Go ahead and add a few Thai red or green chillies to the sauce. I’ll leave that one up to you.
- Go for freshness: Source the best quality and freshest ingredients you can get your hands on. Your braised pork belly stew will be much better if you do.
- Cook until tender: Do not rush the cooking time! Your Thai pork belly is ready when the pork is fall apart tender.
- Taste: It is important to taste and adjust. Try the stew when it is nearing being ready and ensure you are happy with the flavour of the sauce.
Step by step photographs.
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- 1 kilo (2lb) pork belly, cut into bite sized chunks
- 8 cloves garlic
- 10 coriander stems
- 1 generous tbsp black peppercorns
- 2 tbsp palm sugar, finely chopped
- 2 star anise
- 1 x 5cm (2 inch) cinnamon stick
- 3 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 3 tbsp Chinese rice wine
- 6 tbsp finely chopped coriander
- Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. When it begins to shimmer, toss in the pork belly cubes and brown on all sides. This should take about five minutes.
- You might need to do this in batches so that the meat browns and caramelises properly. Transfer the browned meat to a plate and set aside.
- Place the garlic, coriander stems and black peppercorns in a pestle and mortar and pound to a paste. Set aside.
- Add the cinnamon stick and star anise to the remaining oil in the pan and let the spices infuse into the oil for about 30 seconds.
- Return the meat to the pan and add the, pounded garlic, coriander (cilantro) and black pepper paste. Stir in the sugar, soy sauces and the oyster sauce. Stir well until the sugar dissolves and then add the Chinese rice wine and just enough water or Thai chicken stock to cover the meat and simmer for about two hours or until the pork is fall apart tender.
- You might need to top up with a little water or stock from time to time.
- When the pork is ready, stir in the chopped coriander and serve.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1008mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g