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Homemade Roast Pork (自制燒肉)

Homemade Roast Pork (自制燒肉)

Everyone loves a good roast pork, especially when it's homemade. 自制燒肉, or Homemade Roast Pork, is a popular Cantonese dish that's loved for its crispy skin and tender, juicy meat. No more trips to the restaurant; making it at home gives that authentic taste and texture, only it's even better because it's made with love. Here's how to cook up this succulent treat:
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 1 kg pork belly skin on
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar for the skin

For the Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced



  • Start by rinsing the pork belly and patting it dry. Use a fork or a meat tenderizer to poke holes all over the skin. This will help to make it crispy when roasting.

Marinate the Meat:

  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  • Rub the marinade on the meat side of the pork belly, avoiding the skin. Let it marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.

Preheat Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

Prepare the Pork:

  • Remove the pork from the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking to bring it to room temperature.
  • Mix five-spice powder, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, salt, sugar, and white pepper in a small bowl. Rub this mixture over the meat side of the pork belly.

Skin Treatment:

  • Pat the skin of the pork belly dry and rub it with white vinegar. This helps in crisping up the skin during roasting.


  • Place the pork belly on a roasting rack, skin side up.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.

Crisp Up the Skin:

  • After 40-45 minutes, increase the oven temperature to 220°C (430°F).
  • Continue roasting for another 20-30 minutes or until the skin is crispy.

Rest and Slice:

  • Once cooked, remove the pork belly from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.


  • Slice the pork into bite-sized pieces and serve it hot with steamed rice or noodles.

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