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Christmas Sio Bak


28 Dec 2015

Crackling pork belly with a festive twist! If you like the original Sio Bak recipe, you’ll definitely love this. It’s the perfect dish for any party. Tantalizing step by step video brought to you by the good folks at theMeatMen. Check them out at



1kg pork belly
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
4 apples (peeled and cut into cubes)
30g unsalted butter
4 tbsp honey
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp five spice powder
1 tbsp light soy sauce
*butcher's twine and meat tenderiser

1 slice fermented tofu
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp five spice powder
1 tbsp white pepper
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp rice wine


Step 1
Layout 1kg of pork belly on chopping board

Step 2
Create as many holes on the skin with meat tenderiser as possible

Step 3
Add 1 tbsp kosher salt to the surface of the skin

Step 4
Let it air dry for 1 hour at least

Step 5
For marinade, mix 1 slice fermented tofu, 1 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tbsp five spice powder, 1 tbsp white pepper, 1 tbsp salt and 2 tbsp rice wine. Flip the pork belly skin side down and apply marinade evenly on the pork

Step 6
Roll and tie up the pork belly with butcher's twine

Step 7
Add 1 tbsp kosher salt on top and let it air dry for another 2 hours

Step 8
Attach to rotisserie attachment and apply 1 tbsp oil on skin

Step 9
Place pork belly in your Tecno air fryer or oven and roast the pork belly for 1 hour at 180 degrees C. Brush rice vinegar on the surface every 20 mins

Step 10
Roast for another 30 mins at 220-240 degrees C. Once done, remove pork belly and rest for 20 mins before cutting

Step 11
Melt 30g unsalted butter in a roasting pan and add 4 apples (peeled and cut into cubes). Next, add 4 tbsp honey and let apple caramelize. Add 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1 tbsp five spice powder, 1 tbsp light soy sauce. Transfer to serving pan once apples are cooked

Step 12
Slice pork belly and serve with roasted apples

TheMeatMen uses the T333TG cooker hob, TH938 cooker hood, TMO28 and Largo-60 ovens, TAF1508 air fryer, as well as the TMX9800 stand mixer + meat grinder