Sweet Slow-cooked Pork Belly

IMG_5995Healthy eating usually requires one to always “trim the fat” when cooking meat.  But if you are allowed to indulge in some fat every once in a while, try this recipe of sweet, slow-cooked pork belly.  It is similar to the braised pork served in Chinese restaurants, but only includes some bare bones ingredients. If it helps to temper the guilt feeling of eating fat, try combining the meat with fresh vegetables.  In this case, I chose fresh celery whose crisp texture complemented the soft, tender and juicy slab of pork that emerged after hours of slow cooking.

(And oh, if you notice that the nutritional information is missing, no worries. It was my intention to omit it.)

INGREDIENTS

1 slab of pork belly (1 to 1.5 lbs)

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 tbsp whole black pepper

3 dried bay leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Place pork belly in slow cooker (if too large to fit, cut the slab in half). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add soy sauce. Sprinkle in the sugar. Add garlic, black pepper and bay leaves.  Turn slow cooker to low and cook for 8 hours.  When ready to serve, transfer meat into a serving platter. Slice into desired number of pieces.  Serve with your fresh vegetable of choice and steamed rice, if desired.

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