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Thai Style Stewed Pork Belly


I’ve probably made soy sauce stew pork a gazillion times when I was living in Aussie. That was my go-to recipe when I want comforting Asian food that reminds me of eating at home. I always thought that will forever remain my favourite stewed pork recipe. But all that changed when I went to bangkok with a friend, and she ordered a bowl of stewed pork belly to share. 

Oh mah goodness! The spices made the stew sooooooo much better! So much warmer in terms of flavour, and so much more comforting. 

My littlest one (Peighton) has claimed this to be her favourite pork dish. She can’t stop asking for more meat, and was slurping down her gravy. Our plates were clean that night, not a one piece of pork was left, and there I was hoping there will be leftovers for my lunch the next day! Lol!


Thai Style Stewed Pork Belly

Servings 4


  • 500 g Pork Belly cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp 5 spice powder
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 coriander roots
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp white peppercorn lightly smashed
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce or to taste
  • 10 cloves old garlic smashed
  • 2-3 tbsp palm or brown sugar or to taste
  • 3.5 - 4 cups water
  • 4 hard boiled eggs shells removed
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • Blanched xiao bai cai to serve


  • Bring 3.5 cups water to boil.
  • Put peppercorn, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and coriander seeds into herb bag
  • Add pork, garlic, corander roots, 5 spice, and spice bag into boiling water.
  • Bring to boil, cover and cook for 30 minutes on medium heat.
  • Skim off scum.
  • Season with fish sauce, dark soy sauce, and sugar.
  • Cover and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Add some water if liquid evaporated too much.
  • Add hard boiled eggs and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve with blanched xiao bai cai and steamed rice.


Use a sauce pan that fits all the ingredients snugly.
By using a wide pan or larger pan, the liquid will evaporate faster.
Adjust seasoning to taste. Always add less and adjust later.
Add some firm tofu for extra protein.
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  • Reply
    14 September, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    When do you add the 5spice powder?

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      14 September, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Hi! Good catch. It’s added with the herb bag. I’ve updated the recipe to include.

  • Reply
    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    18 October, 2016 at 12:12 am

    chinese pork belly with mustard greens (mui choy kau yuk, i think) is one of my fave comfort foods, so this thai version sounds amazing for a change of pace! anything with fish sauce is delicious (:

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      20 October, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks, Heather! Loving your blog too!

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