Caramelized pork belly buns – Sweet, sticky and tender pork belly slices are sandwiched in between soft fluffy steamed buns. That first bite will sure get you hooked.
After making the momofuku style flat buns, the next thing in mind, of course, are this caramelized pork belly steamed buns combo.
Pork belly sure has taken this country by storm lately. I had few of my American friends who looked at me funny when I told them about pork belly many years ago. But nowadays, pork belly is everywhere on the menu in Western cuisine. It’s a very well-beloved cut of meat in Asian countries. I’m beyond thrilled when I saw pork bellies at Costco! It comes in a huge pack, but one can never have too much pork bellies.
WHAT MAKES THIS CARAMELIZED PORK BELLY STEAMED BUNS SO GOOD?
When you take that first bite, imagine the soft pillowy steamed buns with the sweet, sticky, and tender pork belly, roasted peanuts and fresh slices of cucumber! It’s like an explosion of texture, flavor, and taste! My kids love pork belly and this is definitely one of their favorites!
IS THIS IDENTICAL WITH MOMOFUKU PORK BELLY BUNS?
No they are not. The inspiration does come from there and also the Vietnamese caramelized pork belly that is usually served with rice. I believe Momofuku pork belly buns use pork belly that is braised instead of this sticky and sweet caramelized pork belly. I like both version.
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Caramelized Pork Belly Steamed Buns
Caramelized pork belly:
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 lbs pork belly cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil
- 3 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
- 2 Tbsp fish sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Momofuku steamed buns
- Crushed roasted peanuts
- Slices of fresh cucumber
Cutting the pork:
- Place the slab of pork belly on cutting board. Cut the pork belly (on the short side) to about 1/2-inch thick large slices or you can cut them into smaller 1-2 inch pieces
- Add 1 cup sugar to a large skillet over low heat. The sugar will start to melt and turn into brown color gradually. Do not step away as you don't want to burn the sugar. Continue to stir with wooden spoon until it turns into deep caramel color.
Cooking the pork:
- Add the pork slices and stir to coat the pork and let it cook for about 2 minutes as it will render out some fat from the pork belly. Add garlic and ginger and saute for about 30 seconds. Add seasoning and continue to cook for 20 minutes until the sauce is reduced and the pork belly is tender and absorbed the beautiful caramel color. Have a taste. It should be sweet and savory. Adjust taste by adding more salt and sugar as needed
- Place 2 slices of cucumber on one side of the flat steamed buns. Place 1 or 2 slices of pork belly. Top with pickled carrots and radish, cilantro, and crush peanuts. Serve immediately
WHAT ELSE CAN I COOK WITH PORK BELLY?
I got 10 lbs of pork belly from Costco and I portion them out into 4 and freeze. You can make these with pork belly:
HAKKA KAU YUK (PORK BELLY AND TARO)
SOMEN NOODLE SOUP WITH PAN-FRIED PORK BELLY
THE EASIEST CRISPY SIO BAK / SIU YUK / ROASTED PORK BELLY WITH CRACKLINGS