Pork-Belly Skewers with Vietnamese Caramel Sauce

Pork-Belly Skewers with Vietnamese Caramel Sauce
These pork-belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce make easy but impressive canapés for the festive season.

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

pre-cooked slow cooked pork belly about 900g (we used two Waitrose packs to serve 2 each)
dark soy sauce 6 tbsp
fish sauce 4 tbsp
ginger grated to make 1 tbsp
limes 2, juiced
soft brown sugar 175g
red chilli 1, seeded and finely chopped
cucumber 1
INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  • Step 1

Remove the pork belly from any packaging, cut into 5cm squares.

  • Step 2

Combine the soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, lime juice and brown sugar in a saucepan and melt the sugar over a low heat. Bubble, while stirring, until syrupy, then take off the heat to cool slightly. Toss the pork belly cubes with 100ml of the marinade in a bowl, and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Mix the remaining sauce with the chilli and leave at room temperature to use as a dip.

  • Step 3

Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Stand the belly pork pieces skin-side up on the tray and roast for 20 minutes until golden, sticky and caramelised. Use a swivel vegetable peeler to cut the cucumber into as many strips as you have pork belly chunks. Ruffle each strip onto a cocktail stick or small wooden skewer, and leave in the fridge.

  • Step 4

To serve, skewer each pork belly piece with one of the cucumbered skewers, then arrange on a platter with the bowl of Vietnamese caramel dipping sauce.

 

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