500 gram piece boneless pork belly, skin off
2 tablespoons kecap manis or soy sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground Chinese 5 spice
12 Chinese steamed buns, hot
1 small telegraph cucumber, shaved into long strips
hoisin sauce or Sriracha chilli sauce
chopped roasted peanuts
Cut the pork into 1cm thick slices and place in a large shallow dish.
Glaze: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and pour over the pork, turning to coat each slice. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
To cook: Preheat the barbecue to medium and cook the pork for 1-2 minutes each side until golden, a little charred in places and just cooked through.
To serve: Slice the pork into shorter lengths. Cut the buns ¾ of the way through and spread with mayonnaise. Top with pork belly and cucumber with a smear of hoisin or Sriracha chilli sauce. Add the peanuts and shallots and serve immediately. Makes 12 buns
Pantry Notes: Kecap Manis (pronounced Ketchup MAH-niss) is a sweetish, thick soy sauce made with palm sugar and seasoned with star anise and garlic. Available in the international section of supermarkets. Chinese five-spice is a traditional blend of five or more spices, including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, Szechuan pepper and fennel. Available in the spice section of supermarkets or at Asian food stores. Kewpie myonnaise is the most popular brand of Japanese mayonnaise. Available in the international section of supermarkets or at Japanese food stores.