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Crispy Roast Pork Belly (Siu Yuk)


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Home-made crispy roast pork belly (Siu Yok/Shao Rou/脆皮燒肉) may sound daunting, but it is actually quite easy, thanks to the oven doing the bulk of the work. Most of the preparation time is a no-work zone – chilling the marinated meat in the fridge, or slow-roasting it in the oven. Home-made crispy roast pork  is superior to store-bought ones because of the super crispy and crackling skin. It is so crispy that you can hear the nosiy, firecracker music as you are slicing the meat and eating it.

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Feel free to increase the quantity of meat in this recipe (adjust the marinade ingredients accordingly) so long as they occupy one layer in the oven during roasting. If you have leftover roast pork, you can use them in your stir-fries and fried rice.

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Crispy Roast Pork (Siu Yuk) Recipe (Step-by-Step)
Making crispy roast pork (siu yuk) Use kitchen tweezers to pull out stray hair on the pork belly skin, if any. Use a knife to scrap the skin for a few minutes to remove impurities. Rinse pork belly stab and pat dry with paper towels.
Making crispy roast pork (siu yuk) Holding a small knife in a stabbing action, make short diagonal slits with the tip of the knife on the surface of the skin (but not cutting into the meat) at random. Tip: You can ask the market butcher to do this for you.
Making crispy roast pork (siu yuk) Combine salt, 5-spice powder and white pepper in a small bowl.
Making crispy roast pork (siu yuk) Rub the marinade all over the meat portion only. If any marinade gets on the skin, rub it off with a paper towel.
Making crispy roast pork (siu yuk) Rub more salt on the skin. Place pork belly on a plate, uncovered, skin side up and let it marinade for a few hours or preferably overnight in the refrigerator. The purpose is to dry the skin thoroughly and also to allow the marinade to seep into the meat.
Making crispy roast pork (siu yuk) Bake siu yuk for 30 minutes in the set up shown on the left. After 30 minutes, use a bamboo skewer to poke as many holes as you can on the portion of the skin which is still soft. Return pork belly and roast for another 90 minutes, or until the skin is roasted to crispy perfection. At every 30 minutes interval, top up the water in the tray and poke holes with a bamboo skewer on the portion of the skin which is still soft.
Making crispy roast pork (siu yuk) When the siu yuk is ready, place it on a wire rack and allow the meat to rest for about 15 minutes before cutting. Scrap off charred areas from the skin, if any, with a knife. Place the meat on a chopping board, skin side down. Slice a strip of pork.
Making crispy roast pork (siu yuk) Further cut the strip of roast pork to smaller, bite-sized pieces.

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43 Responses to “Crispy Roast Pork Belly (Siu Yuk)”

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  1. Joyce — January 12, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    Who cares about cholestrol when this is sitting starting at you right in the face? Cholestrol? What’s that?


  2. tigerfish — January 12, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    The crackling skin is my favorite. :)

    Seems many steps to take care of leh….


  3. Lia Chen — January 12, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    OMG Wiffy! This is my favorite. Can’t resist this, it’s too yummy.
    Yours look so perfect! CNY is coming soon. We usually roast this for the whole family (^.^)


  4. rach — January 12, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    my friend cooked the pork 20 mins using bake function, then switched to grill for 45 mins. for your consideration only. :)


  5. Alice — January 12, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Amazing!!! This is my all time favourite! Now I can bake it myself, thanks!


  6. Kenny Mah — January 12, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Oh now you’ve got me craving siew yoke in the middle of the afternoon! :D


  7. mycookinghut — January 12, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Wow! What a nice crackling! I love shao rou and I am going to try out your recipe!!


  8. Janet@gourmettraveller88 — January 13, 2012 @ 4:30 am

    Excellent posts, love your tips. I did not make it myself cos dislike making the oven the dirty. But I should make again as I cannot buy nice Siu yuk here


  9. Juliana — January 13, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    Wow, I love this pork…and the crispy layer is so tasty.
    Hope you are having a wonderful day :-0


  10. masterofboots — January 13, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Woohoo! This is one recipe I have always been tempted to try. Roast pork is pretty expensive when you buy it outside.


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