Chef John

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30+ years of experience in the culinary industry

Steamed Pork Belly with Rice Powder

This pork belly recipe is a must try. Coat the sliced pork belly in spiced rice powder, then steam in lotus leaves for 45 minutes, and you’re left with a tender and flavorful pork dish that is absolutely delicious.

CUISINES: Chinese
LEVEL: EASY
SERVING: 4 People
TIME: 1 hr 30 min
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1.5 lb Pork Belly
  • 2 tbsp Rice Wine [Marinade]
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce [Marinade]
  • 1 tsp Five-Spice Powder [Marinade]
  • 1 oz Pixian Soybean Paste [Marinade]
  • 2 oz Fermented Rice [Marinade]
  • 5 oz Sweet Potato 
  • 7 oz Rice
  • 1 tbsp Peppercorn
  • 1 count Star Anise
  • 5 pieces Bay Leaf
  • 2 sticks Cinnamon
  • 1 piece One Dry Lotus Leaf (Soaked in Water For A Few Hours) Or One Fresh Lotus Leaf (Boiled For A Minute)
DIRECTIONS:
Step 1
Step 1
Step 1
Cut pork belly into 2x4-inch (5x10 cm) in size and 1/4-inch thick slices.
Step 2
Step 2
Step 2
In a large bowl, combine the pork slices with rice wine, dark soy sauce, Pixian soybean paste, fermented rice, and five-spice powder. Mix well and marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. 
Step 3
Step 3
Step 3
Cut the sweet potato into small cubes.
Step 4
Step 4
Step 4
In a clean, dry wok over medium-low heat, add 7 oz (200g) rice, peppercorns, bay leaves, star anise, and cinnamon stick. Constantly stir for about 5 minutes until rice turns golden brown. Turn off the heat, and let the mixture cool slightly.
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Transfer the rice mixture to a grinder or food processor and discard peppercorns, bay leaves, star anise, and cinnamon stick. Mill the rice mixture into a coarse grind.
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Coat the marinated sliced meat evenly with granulated rice.
Step 7
Step 7
Step 7
Put a lotus leaf on the bottom of a steamer basket, add sweet potato on top of the leaf, and layer the pork slices over the sweet potatoes.
Step 8
Step 8
Step 8
Steam for 45 minutes. You can use bamboo steamer or electric rice cooker at home for steaming.
Step 9
Step 9
Step 9
Top with the julienned green onions and red chili. Enjoy!
Final Notes
Final Notes
The spiced rice powder here is the real star, it lends the pork belly awesome flavor and texture. You can buy ready-made rice powder from Chinese grocery stores, or simply make it at home as step 4 shown. It’s also a great idea to double or triple the rice mixture, and store the leftovers in the refrigerator. The rice mixture can last a few months in the fridge.