Crispy Roast Pork (Siew Yoke) Recipe: Step-by-Step

To see the recipe in traditional list format, see Recipe: Crispy Roast Pork (Siew Yoke) Ingredients:
1 4-lb. slab pork belly (1 3/4" thick)
1 1/2 tbsp. baking soda
5 tbsp. Chinese rice wine or sake
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. mashed red fermented bean curd
1 tbsp. fine sea salt
1 1/4 tsp. five spice powder
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Place pork on a work surface, skin side up. Using a pork-skin pricking tool, an ice pick, or a carving fork, prick skin all over, making hundreds of small holes that just puncture the surface; set pork aside.Todd Coleman
Dissolve baking soda in 5 cups boiling water. Transfer water to a measuring cup with a spout. Grasp one corner of the pork belly with tongs. Holding pork belly over a bowl or the sink, slowly pour the baking soda mixture in a thin stream over pork skin to scald it.Todd Coleman
Transfer pork to a work surface, skin side down. Using a knife, score the meat, making 1"-deep parallel slits spaced 1 1/2" apart.Todd Coleman
Combine 3 tbsp. rice wine, sugar, bean curd, salt, and five spice powder in a small bowl and pour marinade over the meat.Todd Coleman
Rub marinade all over the meat, pushing it into the slits. Transfer pork skin side up to a baking dish. Wipe any moisture from skin with a paper towel. Refrigerate pork belly uncovered overnight to let marinate as the skin air-dries.Todd Coleman
Heat oven to 375°. Thread 3 metal skewers horizontally through the meat layer of the pork belly (to prevent the pork from curling as it cooks). Transfer pork skin side up to a rack set over a foil-lined roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. Wipe skin again with a paper towel.Todd Coleman
Pour remaining rice wine over skin and brush to distribute. Pour hot water into pan to a depth of 1/4". Cook pork on center oven rack until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 160°, about 1 hour. Raise heat to broil and cook until skin is blistered and browned, 5--10 minutes.Todd Coleman
Crispy Roast Pork (Siew Yoke)
Crispy Roast Pork (Siew Yoke)
With a luscious interior and perfectly crisp crackling, this is everything roast meat should be.Todd Coleman