For deep-frying:peanut oil800 gmfemale pork belly cut into 3cm pieces80 ml(1/3 cup) kecap manis2green mangoes cut into julienne on a mandolin1 bunchsawtooth coriander, washed and thinly sliced1 bunchround mint, leaves pickedTo serve:fried shallotsTo serve:steamed jasmine riceChilli palm sugar dressing1garlic clove, coarsely chopped1small red chilli, coarsely chopped60 gmlight palm sugar60 ml(¼ cup) lime juice, or to taste2½ tbspfish sauce, or to taste
Steam pork belly in a steamer placed over a saucepan of boiling water until cooked through (15-20 minutes), then combine in a bowl with kecap manis. Preheat oil in a wok or deep-sided frying pan to 180C.
Meanwhile, for chilli palm sugar dressing, pound garlic and chilli in a mortar and pestle to a fine paste. Add palm sugar and lime juice, stir until melted, then add fish sauce.
Deep-fry pork in batches until golden (5 minutes; be careful as pork fat may burst while frying and oil may spit). Drain on absorbent paper, transfer to a bowl. Combine mango and herbs in a separate bowl, drizzle half the dressing over, add pork belly and toss to combine. Serve immediately with fried shallots scattered over and remaining dressing and steamed jasmine rice to the side.
This recipe is from the September 2009 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.