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Crispy Cucumber Braised Pork ( 脆瓜紅燒肉)

Crispy Cucumber Braised Pork ( 脆瓜紅燒肉)

脆瓜紅燒肉, or Crispy Cucumber Braised Pork, is a delightful dish that combines the succulence of braised pork with the refreshing crunch of cucumber. The dish is well-known for its rich flavors, where the pork is slowly cooked in a savory and slightly sweet sauce, then paired with the fresh, crisp texture of cucumber. Here's how you can prepare it at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


For the Braised Pork:

  • 500 g pork belly cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce for color
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups water or chicken stock

For the Cucumber:

  • 2 medium cucumbers sliced
  • A pinch of salt


Prepare the Pork:

  • Blanch the pork belly in boiling water for about 5 minutes to remove impurities. Drain and set aside.

Brown the Pork:

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pot or wok over medium heat. Add the pork belly pieces and fry until they turn golden brown.

Sauté Aromatics:

  • Add the minced garlic and ginger slices to the pot. Sauté until fragrant.

Add Seasonings:

  • Stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar, star anise, and cinnamon stick. Mix well to coat the pork evenly.

Braise the Pork:

  • Add water or chicken stock to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the pork is tender.

Prepare the Cucumber:

  • While the pork is braising, prepare the cucumbers. Slice the cucumbers and sprinkle them with a pinch of salt. Set aside.

Combine Pork and Cucumber:

  • Once the pork is tender and the sauce has thickened, add the cucumber slices to the pot. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the cucumbers are heated through but still crisp.


  • Remove from heat and discard the star anise and cinnamon stick.
  • Serve the Crispy Cucumber Braised Pork hot, ideally with steamed rice.

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