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Tau Yu Bak (Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce)

I grew up eating this homely dish of braised pork belly in soy sauce (or locally known as “tau yu bak”/豆油肉) so this is true taste of home-cooked food to me. Deliciously savoury, this dish goes very well with rice or steamed buns (kong bak bao). Every family has a different way of cooking this dish.

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My family’s version is no fuss – just one type of soy sauce (dark) and no need to grind the spices. The recipe is also very forgiving and flexible so you can always “rescue” it if something goes wrong. Do not overdose on the spices (like star anise, cinnamon) because a little goes a long way.

Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce Recipe

Browning the pork belly (optional but highly recommended) adds additional flavour to the stew.

Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce Recipe

Aromatics for cooking tau yu bak – garlic, 5-spice powder, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and rock sugar.

Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce Recipe

I re-created the dish from memory of the taste and I let my mum taste test the dish. Her verdict – my tau yu bak was good, and she liked that the sauce is just the right amount (if too much, the stew is diluted; too little will result in insufficient gravy for the rice & meat).

Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce Recipe

119 comments on “Tau Yu Bak (Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce)”

  1. Hi Wiffy, thinking of trying this dish for dinner tonight. Can I just check with you, I cant seem to find the nice tau pok that we eat usually from the supermarts. The ones they sell seem to be smaller and harder. Are they good for this dish too?

  2. Can I use lean pork instead of belly? Does cooking time need to be reduced? I’m using a clay pot.

    • the pork belly cut will be more flavourful, but lean pork will do too :)

    • This looks amazing, wiffy. I was looking on rasa malaysia website at the same recipe but i was kind of put off by the unseared pork belly. your recipe has this step and loads of spices whcih is why i’m going to give it a whirl tonight :)

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  7. Hi,

    I’m going to make this braised pork belly recipe tonight. Can I use fresh shitake mushroom instead of dried ones?


  8. When do you add the mushrooms?

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