Exceptionally delicious and juicy, there is nothing quite like a warm, fresh plate of Crispy Mini Lechon Belly Roll. This may be a dish you’re used to ordering from outside for special occasions. But wouldn’t it be great to know how to make it from scratch? After all, we never run short of Filipino celebrations where a gorgeous belly roll wouldn’t fit perfectly on the dining table.
Another perk to this dish is that it actually works great outside of big gatherings as well. Some days, we can’t help but crave lechon. But it’s not as if we can finish the entire roasted dish in one go. Try out the smaller version of it with this recipe! Instead of sharing it with a big group, you can also serve it to the family, or have it on your own, and save some more for later.
Something that may shock you about this famous dish is that it won’t use up a great variety of ingredients. A couple of the seasonings and spices we’ll be using are components already commonly found in someone’s usual kitchen. We can go a long way with onions, salt and ground black pepper! Now how about we give this a go?
How to cook Crispy Mini Lechon Belly Roll:
Preparing the pork belly roll for steaming and broiling:
Begin by taking your pork belly, which should be about 4 lbs. Then slice this in half. Now we will be using 1 ½ tablespoons of ground black pepper, as well as 3 tablespoons of salt. Lay the sliced pork belly flat on a clean surface, and start rubbing the ground black pepper on the meat, and make sure you distribute it evenly. Do this for both slices.
Now we will take our 1 head of garlic that we’ve minced, and start spreading this over each piece of belly. And of course, to make a most fragrant and flavorful dish, we will also use 1 piece of onion we’ve sliced, 1 bunch of lemongrass, and 1 bunch of green onion. Arrange this over your sliced pork belly so that it fits together when we start to roll it. Then accordingly, our next step would be rolling the belly carefully so that none of the ingredients inside fall out. Make sure not to stuff too much into the roll.
As you are rolling the pork belly, make sure that both ends are actually touching so that it won’t open up. Now to make sure that everything is secure, we will use kitchen twine to tie up the pork belly rolls. After that, we can head on over to the steamer!
Proceeding to steaming and broiling our pork belly roll:
Our pork belly rolls are nearly ready! Now we can just place the two pork belly rolls in the steamer. Arrange them beside each other as they are steaming. Then we will steam them for 45 minutes. If this starts to get dry, you can go ahead and add some water. I did so after about 30 minutes of steaming.
Afterwards, we can take them off the steamer, and wait for them to cool. This would take approximately 15 minutes. Now we can prepare to broil the pork belly rolls! Grab your 3 tablespoons of cooking oil, and rub this all over both rolls.
Now we can place this inside the turbo broiler. Like with steaming, we’ll let this broil for 45 minutes. After that, you’re all ready with the most rich and delicious Crispy Mini Lechon Belly Roll! Just slice this up, and serve it while it’s perfectly warm.
Has this gotten you craving for more delightful dishes that are perfect for celebrations? I’ve got the answer for you— a couple of other recipes you should definitely make for yourself! These rolled dishes are perfect for such occasions, and are super convenient to munch on.
Other rolled recipes to learn how to make at home:
With a crispy golden breading, and a delightful amount of cheesiness, this dish is sure to please an entire party. The Fried Ham and Cheese Roll is simple and easy enough to make. From putting together your ham, cheese, bread and pimento strips, to breading the rolls, this makes for a fun cooking process. And the result is a tasty, savory dish that would make for a perfect appetizer or snack. I also provide a couple of tips in this recipe to make sure we don’t overcook the cheese rolls.
Now what’s a great celebration without some flavorful, crunchy lumpia? This Vegetable Egg Roll brings a variety of flavors in its filling. We’ve got cabbage, tofu, tomatoes and more to complete our dish. Another convenient part of this recipe is that it’s quite quick to make, and also an easy process in the kitchen. It shouldn’t take more than an hour. And of course, with our heaps of vegetables, we are able to get both a satisfying and nutritious dish!
Did you love this Crispy Mini Lechon Belly Roll as much as I did? Let me know if you have any feedback or questions in the comments section below!
Crispy Lechon Belly Roll
- Slice the pork belly in half. Lay it flat on a clean surface and then rub salt and ground black pepper on the side with meat.
- Spread the garlic over each piece of belly and arrange the sliced onion, lemongrass, and green onion.
- Roll the pork belly in a way that all ingredients remain inside. Make sure that both ends are touching. Securely tie the belly using a kitchen twine.
- Arrange the two pork belly rolls in a steamer. Steam for 45 minutes.
- Remove from the steamer and let it cool down for 15 minutes. Rub oil all over each belly roll.
- Arrange the belly rolls in a turbo broiler and then broil for 45 minutes.
- Slice and serve while still hot. Share and enjoy!