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Braised Pork Belly with Seasonal Greens and Tofu (火腩時菜豆腐)

Braised Pork Belly with Seasonal Greens and Tofu (火腩時菜豆腐)

火腩時菜豆腐, or Braised Pork Belly with Seasonal Greens and Tofu, is a hearty and flavorful Chinese dish that combines succulent pork belly with fresh greens and soft tofu. The dish is rich in texture and full of umami flavors, making it a comforting and satisfying meal. Here’s a simple recipe to bring this dish to your kitchen.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


For the Pork Belly:

  • 500 g pork belly cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 small piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2 slices of ginger

For the Rest of the Dish:

  • 200 g fresh seasonal greens like bok choy, spinach, or Chinese broccoli
  • 1 block of firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Water for blanching


Marinate the Pork Belly:

  • In a bowl, combine the pork belly with soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar, star anise, cinnamon stick, and ginger slices. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Blanch the Pork Belly:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the marinated pork belly for about 5 minutes to remove excess fat. Drain and set aside.

Prepare the Greens and Tofu:

  • In the same boiling water, blanch the greens briefly, then plunge into cold water to retain their color. Drain and set aside.
  • Lightly pan-fry the tofu cubes until golden on all sides. Set aside.

Cook the Pork Belly:

  • Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir-fry until aromatic.
  • Add the blanched pork belly and stir-fry until browned.

Braise the Pork Belly:

  • Add enough water to cover the pork belly. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let it cook for about 30-40 minutes, or until the pork is tender.

Add Tofu and Greens:

  • Add the tofu cubes and blanched greens to the wok.
  • Simmer together for an additional 5-10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.


  • Adjust seasoning with salt or additional soy sauce if necessary.


  • Serve the Braised Pork Belly with Seasonal Greens and Tofu hot, accompanied by steamed rice or your choice of side.

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