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Braised Pork in Sweet Soy Sauce Recipe

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | Labels: , , , |

Today's feature is a very simple family recipe (mom's side) that is now one of our family favourites.  Pork is briefly pan-fried with garlic then braised for about an hour in sugar, light soy sauce and thick soy sauce. The thick soy sauce used is already blended with some caramel and sugar - this differs from another variety of dark soy sauce known as 老抽 which although dark is not thick in texture.  The 'black soy sauce' can be found overseas in most Asian stores, just make sure the ingredients in the soy sauce include caramel and sugar.  The thick soy sauce and the sugar together produce an extremely delicious and gorgeous caramelized glaze to the pork. 


My mom prefers the 'Yuen Chun' brand for her thick soy sauce supply.


This was simply served with steamed rice, but I think with its' flavours, this pork will go very well with the thin egg pancakes that are usually served with the famed Peking Duck which is another favourite Chinese dish of mine.  I love this dish as apart from being tasty, it is extremely easy to prepare plus uses very little ingredients.  This is a welcome recipe to my kitchen as although I do like cooking 'elaborate' dishes at times, it is great to be able to produce equally excellent flavours with a much more abbreviated process - thanks Mom!


6 cloves garlic, minced
16 inches worth of pork or ribs (try to pick ribs with some fatty parts) - marinated with about 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of corn flour for at least 1 hour (place in fridge)

For the braising liquid: (as usual, please do a taste test)

1.5 cups of water
3/4 cups of thick (dark) soy sauce
3 tbsps of light soy sauce
4 tbsps of sugar


Firstly, saute the minced garlic in about 2 tbsps of cooking oil until fragrant.  Next, place the pork in the pan and pan-fry quickly for about 1-2 minutes.  Remove from wok and set aside.

Prepare the pot for braising (I used a claypot) but any heavy bottomed pot will do.  Prepare the braising liquid as above and do a taste test, adjust the sugar and light soy sauce according to your preferences.  Place the lightly pan-fried pork with the garlic into the braising liquid and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat low and allow to simmer for at least 1 hour with the lid on, checking and stirring occasionally.  After 1 hour, the liquid should reduce to about 6 tbsps.  Once you see the sauce caramelized, stir to coat the pork again evenly.  Remove from heat and dish out to serve.  Garnish with some green onions if desired.


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PeterH said...

This dish sounds so delicious yet so easy to make, think I should be able to cook this since I'm quite a lazy cook!

Lyndsey said...

It looks wonderful, I'm ready for some right now! It's lunchtime!

modern office furniture said...

Yummy! Looks so delicious and awesome recipe. I have never tasted it. I would like to try it today. Thanks for this recipe.

homeladychef said...

This is simple and delicious! For this dish, I am slightly different from yours, i will add 1 star anise and rock sugar. Sometimes, a bit of shao xing wine too.
Enjoy your post, as always! :)

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

Peter - I hope you give this a try! I can be very lazy too :)

Lyndsey, MOF thanks! hope you guys will like the recipe

HLC - Your version sounds yummy too! I love using shaoxing wine..

Mdm Butter said...

Can I know the name of the brand of dark soy sauce that you are refering to? A photo will be even better. Thanks.

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

Hi Mdm Butter, I used the Yuen Chun brand, I have provided a link in my post directly to the soy sauce, they have photos on their website :) thanks for dropping by! Let me know if you have any further questions.

Anonymous said...

Looks great! cant wait to try it...
some questions if you can help me out please
- how heavy is approximately 16 inches of pork belly?
- is the thick soy sauce same as sweet soy sauce?


Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

^ nleo - thanks! I'm not sure which sweet soy sauce you're referring to but I provided a link in the post - the thick soy sauce I used contains caramel which is ideal for this dish. Sweet soy sauce sounds good too, is it thick in consistency? Check the label to see if it contains caramel :)

As for the pork, I used about 1 kg worth of pork but that was quite a lot since I was cooking for 6 people. Hope that helps!

Kat said...

This looks great! Is this brand of soy sauce available in the US? Thanks! If not, I will have to get them on my next trip back to Malaysia!

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