This recipe is super easy to make and uses asian pantry essentials. Make sure you open your windows while you cook this LOL. This is a really easy way to prepare pork belly – we like to buy the pre-cut strips from Costco. The pork is super tender, salty, sweet, and has this great umami element. Pair it with pickled greens, boiled eggs, boiled cabbage, cauli-rice, or any mild tasting vessel to balance out the flavors
- 2 pounds of pork belly, cut into 1/2 inch bized sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce or aminos
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar replacement (swerve or lakanto golden works) - start with 1/3 and add more to taste
- Black Pepper to taste
- 3-4 Thai Peppers (optional), chopped
- Oil, for cooking
- Heat a large pan with 2 tablespoons of oil on medium high heat. Once heated, add the 2 pounds of pork belly and garlic powder. Cook until the outside of the pork is no longer pink.
- After about five minutes, add fish sauce and soy sauce and stir. Cook for another 10 minutes.
- Add brown sugar replacement and stir thoroughly to coat all of the pork. Cook for another 5-6 minutes to let the sugar caramelize over the pork. Once the pork belly is a dark golden color, drain excess fat ( you can save this for future cooking or put it in a container, let it harden, then discard it).
- Sprinkle black pepper to taste and adjust the sweetness based on your preference. Add chopped thai chilis as desired, I do this once the pork belly is caramelized.