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Get your hands on Marion’s NEW cookbook, Always Delicious. Shop now (we ship worldwide!)

Red-Cooked Pork Belly Bao


These fluffy bao buns are packed full of sweet and sticky pork belly, with a crunchy, roasted peanut sprinkle and velvety smooth mayo. Parcels of pillowy goodness, if you ask me! You could even make the bao from scratch – check out my recipe elsewhere on the site.




2 hours 15 minutes + overnight chilling

25 minutes


1 kg (2.2 lb) piece pork belly

Shredded green cabbage, to serve

Sliced spring onions (scallions), to serve

Crushed roasted peanuts. to serve

14 bao buns (find my homemade recipe here)


Braising liquid:

2/3 cup light soy sauce

2/3 cup Shaoxing wine

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp dark soy sauce

5 slices ginger

2 spring onions (scallions), trimmed, halved crossways

2 cups water

4 star anise

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp fennel seeds


Spicy mayo:

¼ cup Marion’s Kitchen Coconut Sriracha (or any hot sauce you prefer)

½ cup Japanese kewpie mayonnaise

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 160C/320F.

Combine the ingredients for the braising liquid in a casserole dish. Slice the piece of pork in half and add it to the liquid, skin side up. Pour in enough water to allow the braising liquid to just cover the pork. Cover with baking paper, foil and cover with a lid. Place in the oven and cook for 2 hours. Set aside in the fridge overnight to chill.

Step 2

To make the spicy mayo, mix ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 3

Scoop out and discard any pork fat in the dish. Transfer the pork to a cutting board. Place 1 cup of the braising liquid in a small saucepan over high heat (save the remainder in the freezer to use as a master stock. Simmer the braising liquid for 10-12 minutes or until thickened.

Step 4

Preheat a barbecue grill plate or a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Use a sharp knife to cut the pork into thick slices or squares. Grill for 2-3 minutes each side, spooning over some of the reduced braising liquid as the pork cooks.

Step 5

To serve, spoon spicy mayo onto the bottom of each bao bun. Top with cabbage and pork. Then sprinkle with peanuts and spring onion. Drizzle with more spicy mayo and serve.

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I made these today with the bao bun recipe (bao bun recipe was great too!). I simmered the pork belly stove top bc it was a warm day and I didn’t want to leave the oven on, but otherwise followed it exactly, refrigerating it for several hours rather than overnight. It was fantastic! Thank you again for a wonderful recipe Marion!

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