This was what I had for dinner tonite. Crispy skin roast pork. Succulent juicy meat with a layer of 'pok pok chui' (a Cantonese term to describe very crispy) skin. Where is this restaurant? Sorry, not for sale because...................................................
...............I made the roast pork myself! After my roast duck experiment 2 weeks ago, I decided to try making the roast pork which is the 2nd recipe of this cookbook here. For those who are interested in getting one, it should be available at all newstands at RM20 per copy.
First of all, rinse and pat-dry 1 kg of pork belly with skin. Do get those with a thin layer of fats.
Score few slits on the meat side with a knife, for about 2 - 3 cm deep into the meat.
For the seasoning: 2 pieces of red fermented beancurd (Nam Yue), 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine 1 tbsp fine salt, 1/2 tbsp five spices powder, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp MSG (optional) and 1/2 tsp caster sugar. Rub the seasoning onto the meat and in the slit.
Place the pork belly on a plate with skin side up and chill in the fridge (meat compartment) for 2 - 3 days until the pig's skin is dry.
This was how it looks like after 3 days inside the meat compartment. Yes, this dish needs preparation at least 2 days in advance. I marinade mine on Sunday and roast it for dinner tonite.
Prepare a roasting pan, add in some water, then put the pork belly with skin side up on a roasting wire rack. Cover the skin with some salt and roast in a preheated oven at 250 degree Celcius for 20 minutes. Remove the pork from oven when bubbles appear on the skin and sides. Remove salt from skin and return the pork belly into the oven and continue roasting it for further 20 mins until skin crispy and golden in colour. Do note that you might need to lower the temperate although the recipe says to maintain at 250 degree Celcius as I find out mine burnt rather quickly. Then again, it also differs from one oven to another.
Once cooked, leave it to cool, cut into pieces, snap some photos and what else? ATTACK!!!!!
Another shot of my Crispy Skin Roasted Pork..crunch crunch crunch!!!
I am so satisfied with my achievement and I am now even more determined to try the 3rd recipe...Roasted Chicken! Wish me luck!