Chinese Pork Adobo

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  • 600g pork belly, sliced then cut into squares
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • Chopped chives
  • Cooked Brown Rice


  1. Combine sugar, soy sauce and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a small pot and sauté garlic until it’s a little brown.
  3. Throw in pork and brown on both sides. Do not add oil. Let the pork fry in its own fat.
  4. Pour soy sauce and sugar mixture.
  5. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 40-50 minutes.
  6. By this time the meat should be very tender and the braising liquid has reduced and thickened.
  7. Pour vinegar and simmer for a minute before stirring.
  8. Add the star anise and simmer for two more minutes.
  9. Serve with steamed brown rice and a sprinkling of chopped chives