Gourmet Fast app

Get our Gourmet Fast app and you can download 140 recipes for your iPhone.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to the print version and receive 4 bonus issues of Belle magazine - that's more than $147 worth of value for only $79.95.

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Kylie Kwong: Caramelised pork belly with Chinese coleslaw

You'll need

600 gm female pork belly, cut into 2.5cm cubes 220 gm (1 cup) brown sugar 3 limes, juice only 2 tbsp fish sauce   Red braising stock 625 ml (2½ cups) Shaoxing wine (see note) 375 ml (1½ cups) organic tamari (see note) 220 gm (1 cup) brown sugar 6 garlic cloves, coarsely crushed 90 gm (18cm piece) ginger, thinly sliced 4 spring onions, trimmed and halved lengthways 5 star anise 2 cinnamon quills 3 pieces of orange rind, removed with a peeler 1 tsp sesame oil   Chinese coleslaw 1 small carrot, thinly sliced lengthways 1 small Spanish onion, thinly sliced 125 ml (½ cup) organic brown rice vinegar (see note) 55 gm brown sugar 1 small Lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced lengthways ½ cup shredded Chinese white cabbage 3 spring onions, cut into julienne ½ cup (firmly packed) each coriander, dill and mint   Sichuan pepper salt 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns, crushed 30 gm (¼ cup) sea salt flakes


  • 01
  • Place pork belly in a large saucepan and cover with cold water, bring to the simmer over medium heat and simmer to remove impurities (5 minutes). Drain, rinse pork under cold running water and set aside.
  • 02
  • For red braising stock, combine ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to the boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer to infuse (40 minutes). Add pork and simmer until tender (45 minutes-1 hour). Set aside.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for Chinese coleslaw, combine carrot, onion and 2 tsp sea salt flakes in a non-reactive bowl, combine well and set aside to slightly soften (30 minutes). Meanwhile, combine vinegar and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stir until sugar dissolves (2-3 minutes), then simmer until reduced and slightly syrupy (5 minutes), set aside to cool. Gently squeeze excess liquid from carrot and onion and place in a clean bowl, add syrup and set aside to lightly pickle (15-20 minutes). Add remaining ingredients just before serving.
  • 04
  • For Sichuan pepper salt, combine ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • 05
  • Remove pork from stock, pat dry on absorbent paper and set aside. Combine sugar and 250ml water in a saucepan, cook over medium heat, stir to dissolve sugar, then simmer until caramelised (10-15 minutes). Remove from heat and add lime juice and fish sauce. Add pork belly, toss to combine and serve scattered with Sichuan pepper salt, with extra caramel drizzled over and Chinese coleslaw to the side.
Note Shaoxing wine is a Chinese cooking wine available from Asian grocers. Organic tamari is a naturally brewed wheat-free soy product. Organic brown rice vinegar is a naturally brewed vinegar. Both are available from select supermarkets and health-food shops.

This recipe is from the December 2009 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine.

“I recently spent four days in Sydney, and after experiencing the 11-course banquet at Kylie Kwong’s fabulous restaurant in Surry Hills, Billy Kwong, I had to go back just once more to taste the caramelised organic pork belly. I would love it if you would ask her for the recipe as I’d like to make it for friends.”
Dave Egglestone, Mawson Lakes, SA

Request a recipe
To request a recipe, write to Fare Exchange, Australian Gourmet Traveller, GPO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 2001, or email us. All requests should include the restaurant’s name and address or business card, as well as your name and address.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
Signature Collection

Hitting the shelves exclusively at Domayne this month is the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia.

Read More
an iPhone 6!

amaysim is giving you the chance to win one of two prize packs containing an iPhone 6 and three months of amaysim's UNLIMITED 5GB mobile plan. Get in quick!

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

You might also like...

Easy summer recipes


Christmas pudding ice-cream

Summer seafood recipes


Raspberry and Mint Mojito

Summer salad recipes


Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Quick summer recipes


Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Christmas classic recipes


Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Adriano Zumbo's Christmas recipes


Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

Holiday entertaining recipes


Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

David Thompson's Thai recipes


conversion tool

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.