Sunday, June 15, 2014

Twice-cooked Pork Belly With Salted Fish

Salted fish is one of my guilty pleasure food.  I know I shouldn't like but still do anyway.  

I never buy salted fish but I found a  piece 'hidden'  in my fridge.  Where did that come from?  Then I remembered, my friend gave it to me a few years ago.  I am not sure if salted fish has expiry date but it still looks 'fresh' and I can't find any mold growing on it.   So I believe it is still good to eat.  

Since I saw Kimmy's Pork Fillet With Salted Fish, I've been thinking and craving for this dish.  

Pork Belly With Salted Fish
 Pork Belly With Salted Fish


450g pork belly
40g salted fish, sliced
1 big knob ginger, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, cut into wedges
4 dried chillies, soaked to softened and cut into halves
1 stalk spring onion, cut into 1" length
1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 tsp sugar
dash of pepper
1/2 tsp cornflour + 1 tsp water

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil .  Add in pork belly and simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pork from the pot.  Place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes (making it easier to slice).
  • Once the pork is chilled, slice it into thin slices (about 4 -5 mm thick).
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok and fry the salted fish until aromatic.  Remove from the wok and set aside.  Add in pork slices and sear on high heat until browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Add in more cooking oil if necessary.  Saute ginger, onion, chillis and garlic until aromatic.  Add in pork slices and give it a quick toss.  Then add in seasoning and enough water to cover the meat.  Simmer over medium-low heat until the meat is tender.  
  • Add in sesame oil and cornflour mixture.  Toss in spring onion and stir to combine.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.


  1. Good morning Veronica, Your cooked pork salted fish looks really delicious and my hubby loves this savoury dish very much. Thank you for sharing :)

  2. wow This looks droolworthy, Veronica. Would be fantastic to sandwich them with some Chinese steamed buns for the lunch.

  3. Gosh, Veronica! I love this dish but have yet to cook it myself. My mum banned salted fish from the house because my dad loves it too much! I will have to find a way to sneak it in hah..hah...

    1. Hi PH, my dear husband frown on salted fish so I make sure I cooked this sinful dish when he is away. Wonder how you can sneak it into the house and cook it without giving it away. We are talking about salted fish, with its pungent smell that permeated the whole house. Good luck PH

  4. Hi Veronica,
    I totally agree with you ,salty fish is kind of guilty pleasure food. I also never buy it. Most of the time is a gift from friends or family . when I have it I cook and vice versa.

    Your cooked pork salted fish look so inviting, I think I can easily finish bowl of rice if go with it.

  5. I love this dish, i never get bored of it. Really delicious with rice or porridge :)

  6. Hi Veronica, wow! this dish with pork belly must be so much better than mine with lean pork tenderloin. I was a bit 'kiasee' and thinking about staying healthy otherwise I would have use pork belly. But I'll definitely try this dish with chicken and my hubby's home-made salted fish, hehehe!

  7. Veronica,
    This is my mum's favourite.
    Agreed with you the salted fish is a guilty pleasure but once a while still can't resist to have some
    Your the dish look super delish!


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