Prep time: 8 hours/Cook time 1 hour 40 minutesBelly-with-chilli-1200-x-1200

Serves: 4 people


  • 1kg pork belly rind off
  • 1 litre water
  • 50g sea salt
  • 200ml cranberry juice
  • 250g plum sauce
  • 2 red chillies
  • 150g white sugar
  • 4cm piece ginger, roughly chopped
  • Olive oil

To serve

  • Steamed baby bok choy
  • Mini vegetable & noodle spring rolls



  1. Score the fat on the pork belly and trim.
  2. Combine the salt and water together and whisk to dissolve.
  3. Place the pork belly into a shallow non-metallic dish. Pour over the salted water, cover and allow to sit covered in the refrigerator for 8-24 hrs.
  4. Remove belly from the water and pat dry.
  5. Sprinkle the fat side with a little flaked sea salt and place into a baking dish with the cranberry juice. Cook in the preheated oven for 1 ½ hours.
  6. Remove and allow to rest.
  7. Combine the plum sauce, chilli, white sugar and pan juices into a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Cut the pork belly into squares. Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat with a little olive oil for 1-2 minutes. Place the pork belly squares into the pan, fat side down and sear for 2 minutes. Turn and brown on the other side. Drizzle over a little sauce to glaze.
  9. Serve on individual plates with baby bok choy and a vegetable spring roll in a pool of chilli spiced plum sauce.


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