This recipe from Chinese Soul Food is a two-fer. First, you make luscious, sticky red-braised pork belly (fragrant with star anise, ginger, garlic, and rice wine), which you can eat with steamed rice for one meal—but be sure to save some so you can cook the pork again, this time in a wok with aromatics and peppers until the vegetables are tender and the pork is crispy and glazed. You may even want to make a little extra red-braised pork just to ensure you have enough to enjoy it both ways.
What to buy: Chinese rock sugar (also called bing tang) is crystallized refined sugar in the form of translucent clear or sometimes golden-colored lumps similar in size and shape to gravel. You can buy rock sugar online, or look for it in Asian markets or in health and natural foods stores. But you can also substitute regular granulated sugar if need be.
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To make the Twice-Cooked Pork:
©2018 by Hsiao-Ching Chou. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Chinese Soul Food by permission of Sasquatch Books. Photograph by Clare Barboza.