Crispy pork belly is one of the most popular dishes in rice curry shops and made-to-order street food stalls in Thailand.
Here are a few questions we asked Tiffany, the owner of Jasmine Thai, to learn more about this popular Thai dish:
Question: What does this dish remind you of Thailand? Is there a certain time/occasion when you would eat this in Thailand yourself?
Answer: Crunchy pork belly reminds me of the Thai street food. Thai people normally come and order this pork belly with steamed rice as one single dish meal on top of the steamed rice in the cook-to-order food stall. Pork belly is famous in Thailand for both lunch and dinner and all year round.
Q: Did you usually eat this with another side dish or drink?
A: Crunchy pork belly is good to go with steamed rice or Thai fried rice.
Q: What’s in the dish? Are there any options? e.g. lamb or beef
A: It’s only pork belly and some vegetables
Q: What are some details about how this is prepared and cooked? Anything interesting to mention?
A: Main ingredients: Pork Belly, mixed vegetables, oyster sauce and light soya-based sauce. This dish is the a perfect combination between the fresh mixed vegetables and Chinese broccoli, crispy and crunchy pork belly and a tasty and flavorful stir-fried sauce.
Q: How do you keep each dish consistent in the restaurant? e.g. weighing the meat portions
A: The pork belly is weighed into a portion before cooking and serving to the customers.
Q: Do you use any fresh local ingredients? What is good about the ingredients used? e.g. bought fresh daily or bought from local producers
A: All vegetables and ingredients used are fresh and hand prepared daily.
Q: How is your cooking style different to other Thai restaurants? Why is your dish better?
A: We pick the freshest vegetables, meats and fruits for our cooking. To replicate the authentic flavors, we also hand made our own house sauces from scratch.
Q: How is this dish modified for Australian taste?
A: Pork Belly is Thailand is mainly stir-fried with only Chinese broccoli, but Jasmine Thai picks the fresh local seasonal vegetables plus Chinese brocolli