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Chinese Crispy belly pork

Preparation time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Serves: 4 people


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500g pork belly, boneless
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Black peppercorns
2 tsp brown sugar
0.5 tsp coriander leaves
0.5 tsp Cinnamon
4 Cloves
2 Star anise
2 small Onions, cut into wedges
2 Sweet potatoes, chunked
4 tbsp Olive oil
2 tsp Honey

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. For the spice rub, tip the salt, peppercorns, brown sugar, coriander seeds, cinnamon, cloves and star anise into a mortar – pound with a pestle until the mixture resembles a fine powder.
  3. Reserve 1/2 tsp of the spice mixture, for the vegetables and rub the rest over the pork – working it well into the score lines on the fatty side of the meat. Place the meat in a roasting tin and surround with the onion and sweet potato quarters.
  4. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and honey, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of the spice rub. Roast for about 2 hours, until the pork juices run clear when pierced. Remove from oven and leave the pork to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.