Jungle curry, shrimp nam prik, beef tendon panang, crab fried rice aaaaaand roasted pork with broccoli.
That is my current Thai take out order from my favorite local spot, Yai. I love Yai for so many reasons. The waitresses are sweethearts and friendly, instead of an actual fish tank there’s fish tank wall paper, and there are always a few neighborhood cats hanging out front (it’s always the same two: a calico and a black & white one) meowing for food. The waitresses take pity on them and give them left over fried rice. It’s adorable, and I can’t help but hear “This is the Night” play through my head as the cats wrestle over a styrofoam container.
But most importantly, the food is great. And my favorite menu discovery there has been the Roasted Pork with Broccoli. I feel like the pork is more fried than roasted, but the the combination of crunchy crackling and soft, rich pork belly to just so delicious with broccoli.
Once you roast the pork belly, the rest of the dish takes only a few minutes to put together. Enjoy!
For 2 to 4
1 pound pork belly
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon five spice powder
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound Chinese broccoli (or broccolini or regular broccoli)
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (or 2 tablespoons soy sauce plus 1 tablespoon sugar)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
Trim any hard fat from the pork belly, and any skin. Mix together the spices and rub them into the pork. Marinate overnight, or for up to 2 full days.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Scrape the bulk of the rub off the pork, and bake, covered, for 45 minutes.Turn the oven down to 250 degrees and bake for an additional hour. Cool until it’s cool enough to handle.
Cube up the pork belly and set aside. In a wok or dutch oven over medium high heat, add the oil and broccoli. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green, add the garlic and cook until the garlic is golden brown, about another 2 minutes. Add the sauces and stir, then add the pork belly. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the pork is heated through. Pour into a serving dish and serve immediately.