Try Thai Crispy Fried Pork Belly for a delicious and crispy meal. It's easy to make and full of authentic Thai flavors. Get ready to enjoy the taste of Thailand in just a few simple steps.
My crispy pork belly is perfect for Pad Kana Moo Grob stir fry with Chinese broccoli and Kra Pao Moo Krob, a Thai pork belly with holy basil.
- What is Fried Pork Belly
- Crispy Pork in Thailand
- Why try the Thai Pork Belly
- How to customize your pork belly
- Ingredients for Thai Fried Pork Belly Recipe
- Spicy Dipping Sauce for Pork belly
- The Many Ways to Make Crispy Pork Belly
- How to Serve Crispy Thai Pork Belly
- Garnishing Options
- Thai Fried Pork Belly Recipe Tips
- Thai Recipes Using Pork Belly
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Thai Crispy Pork Belly Recipe
- Related Recipes
What is Fried Pork Belly
Fried pork belly is a delicious dish with a savory flavor and a satisfying crunch. It is made from pork fat, which adds depth to its flavor. The traditional recipe is commonly found in Thai cuisine. Making it a must-try for those who enjoy tasty meals.
Crispy Pork in Thailand
In Thailand, crispy pork belly is a popular street food often served with sticky rice, a few slices of cabbage leaves, and a spicy dipping sauce.
It is a simple yet flavorful dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or meaty snack.
Why try the Thai Pork Belly
- One of the reasons to try Thai pork belly is the crispy textures with salty, tangy, and umami flavors, all of which are signature flavors of Thai cuisine.
- Thai food is known for its delicious flavors; this dish is no exception.
- It's an easy and fool-proof recipe that will give you a puffy, skinned pork belly every time!
- It's an addictive dish, as Thai food is known for. Your whole family will enjoy this recipe!
- It's a perfect finger food, making it a great option for parties or game days.
How to customize your pork belly
You can also customize the flavors of your pork belly by adding spices and herbs. Add seasonings such as coriander roots, Thai thin soy sauce, Thai fish sauce, lime juice, black soy sauce, oyster sauce, star anise, and five spice powder.
Add these flavors before deep frying to help seal the flavors in the meat. Play around with these ingredients to find a flavor that satisfies your taste buds.
So, if you're looking for a tasty and satisfying meal, try Thai pork belly. Its crispy textures and depth of flavor will surely leave you wanting more.
Ingredients for Thai Fried Pork Belly Recipe
- Pork belly. Don't forget to get your pork belly with the skin still on! I made the mistake once, which made all the difference. The skin is the star of this recipe, giving it that delicious, crispy texture. You can try checking your local butcher shop, or even better. Most Asian markets should have them available. Most American grocery stores carry pork belly without the pork skin, so check before buying!
- Salt. The main seasoning ingredient for this recipe.
- Vinegar. Helps tenderize the pork and also adds a tanginess to the meat.
- Oil. Use neutral oil for deep frying. Vegetable, canola, grapeseed or avocado oils.
- Water. The pork belly will first be cooked in a pot of water to help tenderize the meat.
1. To prepare your pork belly, give it a good rinse under cold water. Then, using a paring knife, gently score the skin with small holes, making sure not to cut through it.
Next, slice the pork belly into thick, long pieces, about 2 ½ inches by 6 inches. This will help keep the moisture locked in and make for juicy and tender pork.
2. Add the meat pieces, salt, vinegar, and water into a medium soup pot. Add just enough water to cover the pieces.
3. On medium high heat, boil the water, then simmer pork belly for 12-15 mins. The meaty part should be fork tender. Remove, wipe with a paper towel, and air dry for 30 mins. Taste a slice and season with salt or vinegar or, if needed, more seasoning.
4. Add enough cooking oil to a pot for deep frying. Add the pork and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes. The skin should be crisp with a crunchy texture. Place on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
5. Let the meat rest for 10-12 minutes, then thinly slice into bite-size pieces. Add a chili dipping sauce in a small bowl alongside the pieces and Serve immediately for the perfect Thai crispy pork belly experience.
Spicy Dipping Sauce for Pork belly
For the spicy chili sauce in the pictures, this is a simple recipe you can use to dip your pork belly. Simply mix all the ingredients together in a small serving bowl and adjust as needed.
- 1-2 tablespoon chili flakes- use as needed
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce. Use 3-crab brand or ½ tablespoon of other brands
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
Optional ingredients for the dipping sauce. Add lots of garlic (3 cloves) and 1 tablespoon thinly sliced spring onion.
The Many Ways to Make Crispy Pork Belly
Discover the perfect crispy pork belly style by experimenting with various spice levels and cooking techniques. There are countless recipes and methods to explore used by different Thai cooks in Thai cuisine.
From pan broiling to stir frying, baking to grilling, or even using it in soups and curries. There is no right or wrong way to cook pork belly.
How to Serve Crispy Thai Pork Belly
Garnish with a handful of fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and a drizzle of fish sauce for an extra flavor.
Thai Fried Pork Belly Recipe Tips
- When slicing the pork for serving, be sure to slice the pork where all the layers of the meat are included in one piece for maximum flavor and texture.
- For easy slicing, leave the pork belly skin side down and cut through the meat to the skin last to help the skin stay intact. Slicing the skin first can sometimes peel off the entire skin sheet. We don't want that.
- Save the water used to boil the meat as a pork stock! It's excellent for cooking Thai curry sauces, soups, and stir-fries.
- Maintain a consistent oil temperature for crispy perfection.
- Allow the pork belly to rest before slicing for optimal juiciness.
- Always buy pork belly with the skin on. Most Asian grocery stores will carry pork belly with skin on. Check a local butcher shop and make a special request to leave the skin on if possible.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container to maintain crispiness for the next day.
- To reheat, add a little oil to a large skillet and heat the pork belly on low heat until the skin is a little crisp again.
Thai Recipes Using Pork Belly
Thai pork belly is used in recipes such as Kao Pad Moo Krob, Thai fried rice with holy basil, Ba Mee Moo Krob, the same as my Ba Mee Moo Dang, but instead of the red pork, Thai crispy fried pork belly is used instead.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Make sure the pork is thoroughly dry before frying. Also, the oil must be hot, or the pork will not have a crispy texture, especially on the skin.
The Thai words for crispy pork are "Moo Grob" or Thai Crispy Pork Belly. Moo means Pig or pork, and Goob or Krob means crispy or crunchy.
Pat the pork dry and fry in small batches to minimize splatter.
Score the skin, pat it dry, and roast at high heat initially, then lower the temperature for even cooking.
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