This is a beautiful recipe that Ben O’Donoghue says he regularly whips up. He adds: “I think pork + Chinese flavours + barbecue is a match made in heaven. You can do the pre-cooking in your oven, if you prefer, and finish the pork on the barbecue.”
1.5 kg pork belly, cut into
two-finger-thick slices – you will end up
with about 8 slices
1 quantity Master stock
at room temperature
50 g rock sugar (available from Chinese grocers)
2 bunches bok choy (pak choy)
1 bunch broccolini
12 asparagus spears
finely sliced fresh ginger
oyster sauce, for drizzling
1 chilli, finely sliced
1 bunch coriander
1 Place the pork belly pieces in a deep heatproof dish. Pour the Master stock over and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Prior to cooking, allow the pork to come close to room temperature.Prepare your barbecue for indirect cooking over a low heat, or preheat your oven to 100°C.
2 Cover the pork dish with foil and place in the centre of the barbecue, or in the preheated oven. Cook for 1.-2 hours, until very tender.
3 Once cooked, remove the pork from the stock, reserving the stock.
4 Reboil the reserved stock. Keep about 250 ml (1 cup) of the stock simmering, and return the rest to the base master stock in your fridge.
5 Now add the rock sugar to the reserved stock and boil until the sugar has dissolved. Place the pork pieces on a tray and brush them with the reduced, syrupy stock.
6 Prepare your barbecue for direct grilling over a medium heat.
7 Start steaming the bok choy, broccolini and asparagus separately.
8 Place the pork pieces directly on the barbecue grill bars. Grill on both sides until the pork is a little crisp at the edges and charred, brushing with the remaining stock to glaze, about 3-5 minutes on each side.
9 Arrange the steamed vegetables on a large platter. Scatter with the ginger and oyster sauce. Arrange the pork slices on top and garnish with chilli and coriander.
10 Serve straight away
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