Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce (Tau Yew Bak) is a dish that my grandmother makes for me when I was a kid. I remember how she slowly cooks the pork until it becomes very tender so that I can chew it easily. This was one of the dishes that I remember having when I was a child. I’m glad that I got the chance to prepare it today.
Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce looks like pork adobo with egg, except that this dish has no vinegar and pepper in it. Imagine pork belly slowly stewed in soy sauce, this is what Tau Yew Bak is all about.
In addition, this dish makes use of roasted pulp garlic. This is prepared using a piece of garlic head (whole garlic). Simply slice the top part of the whole garlic crosswise to expose the cloves and then boil in water for a few minutes before coating it in oil and roasting or baking it inside the oven. This provides a delightful flavor when added while cooking your braised pork belly in soy sauce.
This recipe has been modified to depict my version of braised pork. The pork belly slices were marinated in soy sauce before cooking. This method is what I usually do when preparing pork adobo because it lets the meat absorb the flavor of the soy sauce, which makes the meat more flavorful. The eggs and fried tofu are added towards the end, usually around the last 3 minutes.
Try this delicious Braised Pork Belly in Soy Sauce (Tau Yew Bak) recipe. Let me know what you think.
- 1 ½ lbs. pork belly, sliced into cubes
- 4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 6 ounces fried regular extra firm tofu, cut into cubes
- 3 to 5 hard-boiled eggs
- 2 cups beef broth (or 2 cups water with ½ piece pork or beef cube)
- Salt to taste
- 1 head garlic
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Combine pork and soy sauce in a bowl. Mix well. Let it stand for at least 30 minutes.
- Prepare the roasted garlic pulp by first slicing the top part of the garlic crosswise to expose the cloves. Boil 2 cups water and then put the garlic head into the pot. Continue to boil in low to medium heat for 8 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 200F. Remove the garlic from the pot . Let it cool down and then rub vegetable oil all over it. Arrange in a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes. Removed from the oven and set aside.
- Place the marinated pork along with the soy sauce in a cooking pot. Start to heat the pot and then cook the pork until light to medium brown.
- Pour the beef broth into the pan (or you can also use water with ½ beef or pork cube/bouillon). Let boil. Add the roasted garlic pulp. Cover and cook in low to medium heat until the pork gets tender. You can add more broth or water if needed.
- Add the sugar. Stir until diluted.
- Add salt to taste (only if necessary) and then put the tofu and hard-boiled egg into the pot. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Serve.
- Share and enjoy!