Chinese Pork Adobo

4.9 from 18 reviews


  • 600g pork belly, sliced then cut into squares
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce, I used Silver Swan
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 23 pieces star anise
  • Chopped chives and sesame seeds for garnish


  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. Transfer to your serving plate and sprinkle with chopped chives and sesame seeds
  10. Serve with steamed brown rice or Cauliflower Rice and a sprinkling of chopped chives


The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
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