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Sweet & Sour Pork Belly with Blood Orange & Vietnamese Mint Salad

A Vietnamese-inspired salad of orange, apple and mint is the perfect accompaniment for this rich pork belly dish.

Sweet & Sour Pork Belly with Blood Orange & Vietnamese Mint Salad

Serves 6

2 cups blood orange juice

1 cup rice wine vinegar

1½ cups brown sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

4cm piece ginger, peeled
and sliced

6 garlic cloves, unpeeled 

2kg pork belly

jasmine rice, steamed, to serve 

Blood Orange And Vietnamese Mint Salad 

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

2 tbsp caster sugar

2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced

4 blood oranges, peeled and thinly sliced

2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced

½ cup Vietnamese mint leaves

 

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Place orange juice, vinegar, 2 cups water, sugar, cinnamon, star anise, ginger and garlic in a small high-sided baking dish and stir to combine.

Place pork, skin side down, in the dish and cover with aluminium foil. Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C and roast for 3½ hours.

Turn the pork and roast, uncovered, for a further 30 minutes or until tender.

To make the blood orange and Vietnamese mint salad, place vinegar and sugar in a bowl and stir until sugar dissolves. Add shallots and set aside for 20 minutes. Add oranges, apple and mint and toss to combine.

Serve the pork with steamed rice and the blood orange and Vietnamese mint salad.

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