Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly (Hong Shao Rou)

Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly (hong shao rou, 红烧肉) is a very famous dish in China. Everyone knows hong shao rou (red cooked pork) is a Shanghai favorite

Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly (Hong Shao Rou)

Ingredients
  1. 3 /4 lb. of lean pork belly (cut into ¾-inch thick pieces)
  2. 2 tablespoons oil
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar (rock sugar is preferred if you have it)
  4. 3 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  5. 1 tablespoon regular soy sauce
  6. ½ tablespoon dark soy sauce
  7. 2 cups water

Instructions
  • Start by cutting your pork for your Shanghai braised pork belly - hong shao rou.
  • Then bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the pork for a couple minutes. This gets rid of impurities and starts the cooking process. Take the pork out of the pot and set aside.
  • Over low heat, add oil and sugar to your wok. Melt the sugar slightly and add the pork. Raise the heat to medium and cook until the pork is lightly browned.