Simply grilled pork belly is delicious by itself, but adding a sweet and salty sauce to it elevates the flavor even more! The sauce here comes together quite easily and the honey allows the development of a beautiful glaze that envelopes the tender pork belly slices. If you have a thin cut of pork belly, then it is better to slice the meat after you cook it to make more visually appealing slices. If you have a thick cut, then it's okay to slice the meat into bite-size pieces before cooking. This recipe is delicious served on top of rice, along with a side of greens (sautéed or blanched)-- as Nami over at Just One Cookbook suggested, I served the dish with some Japanese mayonnaise, but thought that the pork also tasted great by itself! Hope you enjoy it!
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prep time: 5 min
cook time: 20 min
adapted from Just One Cookbook
3/4 lb pork belly
olive oil or other cooking oil
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
2 garlic cloves
1. If your pork belly is thick, then slice the pork belly into 1/4 inch pieces. If your pork belly is a thinner cut, then feel free to cut them into slices after cooking.
2. Heat the oil (1 teaspoon or so- you don't need much, as the pork belly is already fatty) over medium-high heat. Add the pork belly. When one side is just crisp and browned, flip the pork over and cook the other side. The cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of your meat.
3. While the pork is cooking, mince the garlic. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and whisk well.
4. Once the pork is crisp and brown on both sides, turn off the heat. Wipe off the excess oil with paper towels (If you haven't yet sliced your pork belly, you may do so here).
5. Turn the heat back on to medium, and add the sauce to the same skillet, making sure that all of the pork pieces are covered. Cook for about 2 minutes until the glaze thickens and the pork is well coated.