Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce (豆油肉)

I love braised dishes and have been wanting to do a braise sauce instead of using premix seasoning. While I followed the recipe from Noobcook – the taste was too bland so I adjusted with light soy and sweet soy sauce. After one night, the taste is much better but not yet close enough to how my mum makes it yet so I will need to experiment more.  I left out the sugar, eggs and mushroom from the original recipe. This dish goes very well with rice or noodles.



  • 500 gm pork belly
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pack of tau pok


  • 500 ml – 1 litre water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sweet soy sauce / kicap manis
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp 5 spice powder
  • 6 pieces of garlic / 2 black garlic bulbs
  • Dashes of white pepper


  1. Blanch pork belly with hot water to remove scum and reduce smell
  2. Heat oil in pot and brown pork belly on medium heat
  3. Add 1 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce and stir to coat pork.
  4. Add in sauce and bring to a boil
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer for an hour until meat is tender
  6. Add in tau pok during last 10 mins of simmering


Recipe from Noobcook

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