Roast pork belly with clementine and star anise Recipe
1 1.5-kg pork belly roast
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp canola oil
2 onions, coarsely chopped (2 1/4 cups)
5 garlic cloves, sliced
1 1-in. piece ginger, sliced
3 star anise
1 Thai red chili
5 clementine oranges, unpeeled and halved
900 mL sodium-reduced chicken broth, divided
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp sodium-reduced soy sauce
3 tbsp rice vinegar
YIELD 6 to 8 servings
PREHEAT oven to 350F. Using a sharp knife, score skin of pork belly roast in a 1-in. diamond pattern, but not all the way through to the meat. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
HEAT oil in a large roasting pan over medium-high. Add onions, garlic, ginger, star anise and red chili and cook, stirring, until onions are softened, about 3 min. Push onion mixture to sides of pan and reduce heat to medium.
ADD pork, skin-side down, and sear, rotating every 2 min until golden and onion mixture is light golden, 4 to 5 min. Flip pork skin-side up and stir in clementines, 3 1/2 cups broth, water, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. Bring to a boil.
ROAST pork in oven for 1 hr. Baste with pan juices every 30 min until skin is deep golden and crispy and meat is fork tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hr. Transfer roast to a plate and let rest for 15 min before slicing across the grain.
SKIM fat from pan. Strain juices and return to pan with remaining broth. Bring to a boil, scraping up brown bits from pan bottom 2 min. Serve with roast.