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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)”

  1. Angie — January 19, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    This recipe is to die for! I just tried it out and yum! The meat was moist and soft but not falling apart, the fat was melt in your mouth and the skin? Super crispy! Way better then any roasted pork I’ve bought. No more store bought roast pork for me!Thank you for the fantastic yet simple recipe!


  2. SJ — April 22, 2015 @ 2:13 am

    In the 6th photo, I was wondering – do you bake the siu yuk with its skin side up? It’s the step right before poking it with the bamboo skewer. In subsequent steps, I’m assuming the siu yuk needs to be bake with the skin side up in order to get the crispy texture right?

    Thanks for all the recipes on your website, it’s helped a lot!


    • wiffy replied: — April 22nd, 2015 @ 9:11 am

      Yes, always bake skin side up :)


  3. Guu — December 22, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    I only had 1/3 of the pork, so i 1/3 all the ingredients, sitll turned out PERFECT. Family was impressed.
    Trying it again with a bigger slab this time round!


  4. Eunice — June 22, 2016 @ 2:44 pm

    This recipe is the best roast pork recipe.

    I have a question, what is the purpose of elevating the roast pork on a ramekin? I want to roast a bigger piece of meat, so I want to do a similar set up but want to understand the reason behind it.


    • wiffy replied: — June 29th, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

      the water helps to keep the meat tender and moist. I tried once without the water, and the siu yok was tougher.


  5. Tracy — February 11, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

    What was put below the roast pork when u baked? Can’t really see. Thanks


    • wiffy replied: — February 13th, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

      It’s an inverted ramekin to prop up the pork belly. More details at step 5.