Last fall I got the chance to learn how to make roasted pork at home. It was so incredibly easy and to be honest it was better than store bought; the skin was so incredibly crispy. It's as easy as dumping salt on a slab of pork belly and popping it in the oven. All you really need to do is make a rub out of salt, sugar, and whatever spices you prefer. I usually go for a classic five spice rub to go with my Vietnamese dishes. But be creative with your rub, crispy pork belly is such as universal dish.
Crispy roasted pork is good on it's own but here are some my favorite ways to eat thit heo quay. I will eventually post recipe for each of the dish below, bare with me!
A slab of pork belly
Five Spice Rub:
(This is the ratio of the rub, you want to use just enough to cover the size of your pork belly)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of salt (a little less than 1/2)
1/4 cup five spice powder
2 tablespoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon of paprika
1. Wash your pork belly well. Use paper towel to absorb as much moisture as possible.
2. You want to use something sharp or pointy to poke holes in the surface of the skin, this pretty much allows the fat underneath to rise up and crisp up the skin. I like using a razor or the pointy tool below (I have no idea what it is, but I found it in my dad's garage). Razors are harder to handle especially on tough pork skin, so you might want to go with some pointy to be safe.
6. Take pork belly out and wipe the skin dry from all the moisture. Brush some vinegar on the skin, this will keep the skin dry and allows the skin to crisp up. Place the pork belly back in the oven skin side up until it browns and crisp up. Keep eye on the skin because some parts may burn faster so you might need to re-position your pork belly in the oven. Whenever there is too much moisture on the skin, you'll want to take it out and wipe of the moisture. Brush more vinegar on the skin and pop it back in the oven.
7. When the skin has brown and crisp up enough, remove and let it cool.
8. Cut up your pork belly and enjoy it however you like.