Sichuan Crispy Pork Belly with Scallions and Cilantro

by Michael on March 14, 2012 · 2 comments

in Appetizers,Commentary,Recipes

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Sichuan numbing peppers are fun. Took awhile to find them but worth the trek.

We ate at Peter Chang’s Sichuan Asian Grill a weekend ago and had his crispy pork belly dish. It was great. No. Really great. My son would have eaten 4 more plates despite the heat and the eventual outcome. Anyway, I was slicing up some homemade bacon and the idea hit. Rip him off!

We did with an American flair. Chunks of my pecan smoked bacon replaced the raw belly. And I doubled down on the greens and added a splash soy sauce and fish sauce.

There are no pictures.  My son’s hand went into the bowl almost before I got the meat out of the oil. Then neighborhood kids hanging with Matt jumped in and at 4:00 on a Sunday afternoon, food is food.

Not as hot as I would have liked,  but it was really good. And, I must point out that this is a fantastic accompaniment to a beer. Let me also point out that I have no idea of what I am doing. I have eaten real Sichuan twice so I am just making this up.

Here is what you need:

1 Bunch green onions sliced up like 1 inch match sticks.
1 hand full cilantro coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
8 ounces good quality bacon sliced 1/4 inch thick (raw pork belly)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cayenne pepper sliced into thin rings
3 tablespoons  wild pepper corns – (This could be hard. So substitute any hot peppers that you have. Try to find the Sichuan numbing peppers, they are less hot than they just numb your mouth.)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch.

Here is what you need to do:

Heat a pan on medium and add the wild peppercorns
Keep the peppers moving in the pan and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
Save 1/4 teaspoon.
Add them to a mortar and pestle and grind them up.
Mix the peppers with the ground cayenne, black pepper and corn starch.

Heat the oil in a wok or a high sided heavy sauce pan on medium high to about 360 degrees.
(Look here for more info about deep-frying)

Prep the vegetables and  toss with the fish sauce and soy sauce.
set aside.

Slice the bacon into 3/4 strips  so you end up with pieces that are 3/4″ x 1 1/2″  x 1/4.”
Coat them with the ground pepper mixture.

Deep fry them until they start to brown – about 4 minutes.
Add the fresh red pepper for the last-minute.

Remove to bowl with the onions and cilantro.
Add the save wild peppers.
Mix and serve.

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2 Yaz April 16, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Thank you for your comment! I hope you can come and try at our onescd event! If you are a Japanese speaker, we are running the event in Japanese on the 26th Nov,See you soon!-Shima


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