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Chinese Crispy Roast Pork

The crispiest, crunchiest, crackliest roast pork… with no overnight steps included! Get your pork fix quicker with my ultimate recipe. So. Darn. Good.


Chinese Crispy Roast Pork

5 minutes
2 hours 40 minutes

1kg piece pork belly, skin on 

1 tsp Chinese 5-spice 

fine salt e.g. table salt or kosher salt 


hoisin sauce, to serve 

hot mustard, to serve 

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F.

  • Step 2

    Use paper towels to completely dry off the skin of the pork belly. 

  • Step 3

    Use the toothpicks to poke as many holes as possible into the skin of the pork belly. As the toothpicks go blunt, replace and use new ones. 

  • Step 4

    Rub the meat side of the pork belly with the Chinese 5-spice and a little sprinkle of salt. Use paper towels to rub the spices off the top of the pork skin. 

  • Step 5

    Fold a long piece of foil (or two pieces) so that you can form a wrap around the pork belly with about a 3cm height of foil above the pork belly. Now pour the salt over the skin so that it completely covers the whole top of the pork belly. 

  • Step 6

    Carefully transfer the salt-covered pork to a baking rack placed on a baking tray. Roast for 2 hours. 

  • Step 7

    Remove the pork from the oven. Turn the oven up to 250°C/480°F. 

  • Step 8

    Remove the foil and the salt crust from the pork. Brush all the salt off the whole piece of pork. Dry the pork skin with paper towel. Place the pork back on the baking rack and roast for another 15-20 minutes or until the pork skin is completely puffed and crispy. 

  • Step 9

    Remove the pork from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before cutting into bite-sized pieces. Serve with hoisin sauce and mustard for dipping

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What our customers say

Rated 4.6 out of 5
4.6 out of 5 stars (based on 7 reviews)
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January 24, 2023

It can be THIS easy?!?!

Not gonna lie, tried this recipe half-heartedly. It just looked… Too easy. 😛

But boy oh boy, was I pleasantly surprised. My 700g of pork belly came out perfect in every way at the end of the 2.5 hours. The crunch, the juiciness, the flavor— just heavenly! I plan to make it again next weekend… Maybe every week if I can get my hands on pork belly with skin on where I’m at. I might get a cardiac arrest from eating all the meat, but it’s a good and worthy death. 🙂 Thanks, Marion!

November 10, 2022

Best pork belly ♥️

My Hubby saw your video and begged me to try it out since it looked and sounded so good. So i decided to give it a try. And i must say, Wow!!! It was so delicious and crunchy and easy to make! Best pork belly we had and i added it to our favorite list to cook for the family.

October 21, 2022

The best!

This pork belly is just so tasty and the crackle is perfect. I bought a pork belly pricker from Spotlight and it perfectly puts small holes all over. My whole family is now making it. It is easy to do if you follow Marion’s recipe and video. Thanks Marion you are a star.

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