This Homemade Pork Belly Bao is always a hit with the family especially with kids. Don’t let the steps scare you cause it’s really not that much and it’s very worth it!


  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 5 green onions (Chopped)
  • 2 pounds pork belly (Sliced)
  • 2 tsp raw sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic (Chopped)
  • 1 tbsp white onion (Chopped)
  • 1 mustard greens (Chopped)
  • Spinach
  • Sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 3 tsp cilantro
  • 6 Pork Belly Buns
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • Roasted peanuts 


  • Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder and green onions in a pot with 4 cups of water. This will be the marinade.
  • Bring to boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Let cool to room temperature.
  • Combine the marinade and the pork belly in a pan. Cover and marinate for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the oven to 150°C. Set the pan with the marinated pork belly in the oven.
  • Cook until tender, about 3 hours.
  • Remove the pan from the oven. Set a second pan directly on the pork belly and weigh it with canned goods to compress the pork belly.
  • Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or until the pork belly is firm.
  • Crush the roasted peanuts and mix in the raw sugar. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and heat it over medium fire.
  • Add garlic, white onions and preserved mustard greens.
  • Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the sweet soy sauce. Set aside.
  • Slice the pork belly into 3-inch long blocks, and then cut into 1/2-inch thick rectangles.
  • Sear on both sides in a little oil until golden brown.
  • Set up a steamer and steam the Baos until soft and fluffy.
  • Open up the steamed buns.
  • Spread each with 1/2 tablespoon of the hoisin sauce.
  • Top the buns with a slice of pork belly with 1 tablespoon of the preserved mustard green mixture.
  • Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the crushed peanuts and some chopped cilantro.
  • ENJOY!

PS: You can make a vegetarian version of this bao too!


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Recipe and images contributed by Kristine from Cookinwithtin
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