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Overview of a plate of easy Chinese style braised pork belly.

Easy Chinese-Style Braised Pork Belly

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 12 ounces pork belly, skin-on cut into small, 1 inch square pieces
  • 4 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp kecap manis Indonesian sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • green onions for topping


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the cut pork belly pieces with 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce and let marinate for 5 minutes.
  • To prepare the sauce, in a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of kecap manis (Indonesian sweet sauce), 1 tablespoon of shaoxing wine, and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and mix well. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil on a frying pan over medium high heat. Add the marinated pork belly and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until no longer pink and cooked. Pour in the sauce mixture and 1/2 cup of water and stir to mix. Cover the pan with a lid and lower heat to medium. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for another 15 minutes, until the pork belly turns rich brown in color and the sauce reduces and darkens in color.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and top with green onions.