Pork belly wraps are one of our favorite dishes of all time and our go to way to eat pork belly. They strike the perfect balance between wanting to eat something that will keep you full but still seems light and is full of flavor! These make for a great appetizer or a main meal.
These pork belly lettuce wraps are perfectly sweet, spicy and fragrant and will make you coming back for more!
For these pork belly lettuce wraps we make everything from scratch so to make it easier, we've broken it down in the following sections:
The reason you want to season, or cure, the belly the day before is because this will allow the salt and sugar to properly penetrate the pork belly and season the whole thing as opposed to having a salty “crust” on the outside and lacking flavor on the inside. You can skip the “curing” period of one day if you are in a bind but the end result will be much more consistent and even if you do cure it.
Here are a few tips to curing:
After you've cured it, you're ready to roast it in the oven! We recommend roasting it to a temperature of 165 F!
Once you allow the pork belly to fully chill, you'll want to portion the belly into your desired size. Here's the best way to do this:
For the sauce, we like to use the base of Mae Ploy, which is a Thai chili sauce that packs just the right amount of heat while retaining a subtly-sweet finish that keeps you coming back for more. While you can certainly use Mae Ploy or another sweet chili sauce by itself as the glaze for the pork belly, the additions of the other ingredients really make it “pop” with flavor.
The lime zest and lemongrass bring a fragrant-floral note with the hoisin adding an earthy-sweetness and the lime juice cuts through the sweetness, while the soy sauce rounds everything out with a funky-salty flavor. All of the added ingredients each bring another flavor profile to the party that makes your palate ring.
Cooking is about balance, so we highly suggest playing around with the ingredients in this glaze and adding different amounts to see the differences and what you like best. Depending on the chili sauce base you use, you may need to adjust the flavor a bit.
This is what we all "twice cooked"! By pan roasting in addition to oven roasting, it will make the pork belly have that amazing crispiness to it.
This is by far the best part because it's almost eating time! You could either serve the pork belly wraps family style or prepare them in advance. We like to top ours of with the following:
Let us in the comments what you're favorite part about these Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps are. We'd love to know!
Cheers and eat well!
Twice cooked, perfectly crispy pork belly wraps glazed in a sweet, spicy and fragrant sauce. Best topped with pickled vegetables, cilantro and peanuts.
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