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red-braised pork belly

Red-Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Hong Shao Rou 红烧肉)

Red-Braised Pork Belly or Hong Shao Rou is a very popular Chinese dish that is enjoyed all throughout the year. It is soft and tender and full of delicious flavors that will bring a smile to your mouths. And in this Red-Braised Pork Belly recipe, you will learn how to make the most authentic version of it.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6 Small Servings
Calories 531 kcal


  • 1 Pound Pork Belly
  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Sticks Chopped Green Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 5 Slices Ginger
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Wine
  • 2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 Star Anise


  • If you haven't already, grab a chopping board and chop your pork belly into 1 inch thick slices.
  • Grab a wok or a pan and heat some oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot enough, put in your pork belly pieces. Make sure to arrange them in a single layer so that each piece has direct contact with the bottom of the pan.
    Cook until the bottom side has slightly browned. Then flip the pieces over and cook the other side until it is slightly browned as well.
    Once the pork belly has become slightly browned on both sides, remove them from the pan and set it aside.
  • To the same pan, you'll want to add in your chopped green onions, garlic and ginger. Stir the contents around until it starts to sizzle and you can smell the fragrant smell. This should take about 30 seconds to a minute.
  • After that, you'll want to add in your brown sugar and continue to stir things around. You want to keep stirring it until it starts bubbling which should take about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Return the cooked pork belly pieces back into the pan and stir it around to coat it with the sauce.
  • Add rice wine to the mixture and bring it to a boil. Make sure to continue to stir things around. Then you'll want to add in the water, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and star anise to the mixture. Continue to stir things around and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the pan with a lid. Let it cook for about 1 to 2 hours or until the pork belly has become super tender and red-stained.
  • After time is up, check on the pork belly. If it is soft and tender, turn off the heat and plate the pork belly. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Red-Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Hong Shao Rou 红烧肉)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 531 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1114mg48%
Potassium 220mg6%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Red-Braised Pork Belly
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