With the lean yet tender meat of boneless chicken breasts to serve as the template for this beloved take on a Chinese classic, sweet and sour chicken is a recipe you serve to even the pickiest eaters—from children to dieting friends, this dish is bound to satisfy and impress at the same time. The succulent and sweet pineapple chunks serve as a delicious contrast to the sour pucker of white vinegar, which is mellowed into a gentle, pleasing mouthful fit for any table thanks to the generous addition of white sugar. The bell pepper serves to add some nutrition and crunch, and with a sauce this good, you’ll find yourself dipping into your rice bowl for seconds and thirds to go with this excellent viand fit for a feast day. Turn your usual mealtimes into an exotic trip to the Orient with this marriage of contrasts!
Crispy Pork Belly Lechon Kawali Recipe
- 1lb pork belly
- 1 tsp Dry Ginger Powder
- 1 tsp Five Spice Powder
- ½ tsp white pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- Wash the meat under cold water.
- Immerse the pork belly meat in a pot of water and boil for about 15 minutes on medium heat.
- Take away the pork and rest it in a strainer to let it dry for about 15 minutes. You may take the additional step of patting the pork belly skin dried up with a paper towel for extra crispy skin.
- Poke the pork with a knife a few times and rub the spices and salt on the flesh only (not the skin). We suggest layering the spices in the following order: 5 spice powder, spiced ginger powder, white pepper and salt.
- Let it cure for 1 hour, though over night is better for a deeper flavor.
- In a oven or a large cast iron pan, fill up it with oil sufficient to cover the skin of the pork belly. Stay away from using olive oil since it has a short smoking point. You can put the pork belly in pan while the oil is still cold to prevent splatter. WARNING!!! The pork will splash a lot, so it is better to use an oven with a heavy lid or use a splash screen to place over your frying pan.
- Fry the skin side first for roughly 5 mins or until golden brown and crispy, turn it on the side and fry it only for a min or two, repeat on all sides (it is best not to fry it on the flesh side for too long as it will toughen the meat) Frying is a skill learned over time, so if the skin is burnt, you can scratch it off with a kitchen knife.
- Let it rest until cool to the feel and cut into large slices.
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