Sichuan Roast Pork Belly
For the crackling
For the buttered rice
For the herb salad
1. In a bowl combine the 5 spice, chilli, brown sugar, garlic and rapeseed oil. Pierce the flesh of the joint and then rub all the spices into the flesh, not the skin. In a spice blender, whizz up the fennel seeds and salt and rub it into the dry skin of the belly. Leave it to marinade for a couple of hours minimum.
2. Preheat the oven to 220°C and add the shaoxing wine and 4 star anise to the base of a roasting tin and place the joint on a rack over the wine and spice.
3. Roast the belly in the fierce heat for about 15 minutes to get your crackling going, then turn it down to around 150 degrees Centigrade for a further 2-3 hours.
4. When the joint is tender, remove it from the oven and let it rest before carving.
5. When you are ready to serve, place the roasting pan on the hob over a medium/high heat and bubble up all the delicious juices and wine with the butter until it’s thickened enough to be your gravy.
6. Place the rice and the stock in a saucepan with a pinch of salt and gently cook it over a low heat for around 20 minutes, until it’s steamed and fluffy and all the stock has been absorbed. Add the butter, lime juice and zest and finish with the herbs and spring onion.
7. To make the salad, simply combine all the leaves and roughly torn herbs, dress it with some lime juice, a splash of oil and the salt crystals and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Andi Oliver.