Five Spice Chinese Pork Stew


1 & 1/2 kilo pork paikut, sliced into cubes – you can use pork belly or spareribs as long as there is more meat than fat
for boiling the pork
water enough to cover the pork by 1/2 inch more
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1/2 tbsp cracked pepper
1 tbsp iodized salt
3-5 bay leaves
2-4 celery stalks
For the stew
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 head of garlic, minced
2 medium-sized shallots/sibuyas na pula, sliced
1 large white onion, sliced
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup light soy sauce
3 cups pork stock (the water used for boiling the pork)
1 ginger, two inches in length, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 tbsp anise seed
1 /2 tbsp cracked pepper
1 198gram can whole mushrooms, sliced in half (it’s chunkier that way)


In a large pot, add the pork with the rest of the ingredients for boiling. Add water, enough the cover by pork by 1/2 inch.
Boil on medium heat until the pork is fork tender. Once done, remove the pork from the pot.
Reserve the stock and run it through a fine sieve to strain the impurities.
In a wok or large pan, heat the oil and add the garlic. Allow to toast but be careful not to burn it.
Add the shallots and the white onion and saute until it sweats and goes slightly limp. Add the ginger and fry until very fragrant. Remove around 1/4 of the onion and ginger and reserve for garnish.
Add the pork and mix everything well until the pork is lightly toasted, around 2-3 minutes. Add the pork stock, followed the the soy sauce.
Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover the pot and allow the stew to reduce for 2 – 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another minute. Remove from pan and serve hot, garnished with the sauteed onions and ginger, and with a heaping scoop of rice. Enjoy!




A hearty stew - soft tender morsels of pork with a soy sauce broth. a gentle hint of five spice just breathes new life into the stew - it warms the bones and invigorates the soul.

Other Names:

Five Spice Pork Stew, Chinese Pork Stew, Stewed Pork, Chinese Stewed Pork


serves 6 - 8


Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 7:42am

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