Red braised ginger pork belly with pickled chillies

Red braised ginger pork belly with pickled chillies

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 15 mins Plus marinating


Serves 6-8 as part of a buffet
Malty Chinese black vinegar makes a great base for a slow-cooked one-pot with ginger, chilli and a thrifty cut of meat

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving (8)

  • kcal695
  • fat46g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre1g
  • protein52g
  • salt1.6g
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  • 2½ kg pork belly, rind removed, cut into 5cm pieces
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 200ml Shaohsing rice wine
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, cut into matchsticks



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 100ml Chinese black vinegar (available from Waitrose)
  • 140g soft brown sugar
  • 700ml vegetable stock

To serve

  • toasted sesame seeds
  • sliced spring onions
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 red chillies, sliced and soaked in rice wine vinegar for 1 hr, then drained
  • steamed white rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  1. Toss the pork with the soy and 1 tbsp of the rice wine. Leave for 1 hr or, even better, overnight in the fridge.

  2. Heat some of the oil in a medium heavy-based saucepan. Brown the meat, in batches, on both sides and set aside. Add a little more oil and cook the garlic, ginger and chilli for 2-3 mins until golden.

  3. Pour the vinegar, remaining rice wine, sugar and stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Add the pork, then turn down the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hrs or until the meat is tender. For the final 30 mins, remove the lid, increase the heat and let the liquid reduce until thick and syrupy. Serve scattered with the sesame seeds, spring onions and sliced chillies, with rice.

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29th Dec, 2019
Third time I’ve cooked this and it’s been lovely each time. Easy recipe.
25th Aug, 2017
Cooked this tonight and it was amazing. Really enjoyed it. Served with the suggested pak choi and special fried rice. Yummy
25th Feb, 2017
Nice recipe will definitely make again. As I was only cooking for 2 reduced the amount and made with 500g pack of pork and made noodle stir fry with it. Used vermouth instead of rice wine and mix of rice and balsamic vinegar instead of the one stated. Very tasty and pork tender!
23rd Mar, 2016
Made this dish for friends last night, delicious. Since seeing Rick Stein in Shanghai, I have tried three variations of the recipe but this one worked out best of all as others lacked flavour. Sauce reduction on 2 hours was spot on for me.
14th Feb, 2016
Simmering away as I write this review and it smells and tastes amazing. We have just sampled a piece of pork to make sure it is tender as I thought it may take longer than two hours to tenderise but it just melts in the mouth. Can't wait till tea time!!!!!!!!
14th Feb, 2016
Simmering away as I write this review and we've just sampled a piece of pork to make sure it is tender. It just melts in the mouth. Thought it may take longer than two hours but no, can't wait for tea time!!!!!
14th Feb, 2016
Simmering away as I write this and the smell is amazing and we've just sampled a piece of pork to make sure it's tender. Thought it may take longer than the two hours stated but no it melts in the mouth. Can't wait for tea time!!!!
9th Feb, 2014
This is a really gorgeous dish. Yes there was some oil but that is to be expected when cooking pork belly (which I often cook), just reduce the sauce as directed in the recipe and it should be fine. Served this with stir fry veg and boiled rice but will try it with some bok choi/choy sum next time - well done Good Food!
13th Apr, 2013
Superb - Cannot fault this recipe. I am just about to make this for the 3rd time in about 4 weeks. I do not bother with the sesame or spring onions but serve with plain rice, some wilted pak choi and supermarket chinese snacks. The chilli addition is great and because you are pickling for an hour the harsh heat is removed.
25th Feb, 2013
This was really delicious and very easy to make. I didn't find it too oily as others have mentioned (maybe just the fat from the pork floating to the top?) although I did find that it didn't go 'thick and syrupy' like the recipe describes. Probably my fault as I was paranoid about making the meat go tough so had it on a really low temperature. Served it with fried rice and bok choi. Yummy!


16th Oct, 2017
Can I make this the day before?
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20th Oct, 2017
Thanks for your question - yes you can!
25th Sep, 2017
Can I use shoashing rice vinegar instead of the black vinegar?
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27th Sep, 2017
Thanks for your question. This recipe uses Shaohsing rice wine. It has a dry, fruity quality and although sharp it's also quite mellow so we wouldn't suggest using vinegar as a subsitute. You can buy Shaohsing rice wine in the supermarket or online from companies like
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