How to Cook Dongpo Pork in a Microwave

Dongpo pork is a traditional Chinese dish made by pan-frying and then red cooking pork belly. It is named after the famed Song Dynasty poet and calligrapher Su Dongpo. Generally it takes over three hours to cook a traditional Dongpo pork, but there's a quicker way to whip up a batch in the microwave.


  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) piece pork belly (with skin)
  • 1 tablespoon tea leaves
  • 3 stalks spring onions
  • 7 cm (3") length fresh, young ginger, sliced into matchstick widths
  • 300g water

Sauce ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow wine (e.g. Shaoxing wine)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Image titled 728px Cure Pork Step 1
    Blanch pork in a pot of boiling water. Get rid of the water.
  2. 2
    Cut the pork into 2cm widths squares and put them into a glass bowl.
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    Add half of each sauce ingredient into the bowl, stir, and let the pork steeped in it for 15 minutes.
  4. 4
    Take out the pork squares and put them into a plate. Then put spring onions (2 stalks, each cut into 2 sections), tea leaves, and ginger slices at the bottom of the bowl.
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    Put the port back into the bowl on top of other ingredients. Pour the rest of all sauces on the pork, and put the left 1 stalk of spring onion (cut into 2-3 sections) on top of the pork; add water at last.
    • The sauces are supposed cover the pork skin.
  6. 6
    Seal the bowl with cling film or a lid.
    • If you use cling film, it is good to make some holes on it.
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    Put the bowl into your microwave, and set the wave degree and time. For most microwaves, 4 minutes high wave, 25 minutes low wave, and again 3 minutes high wave will do the trick.
    • After 25 minutes low wave, you can pause and check the pork. If it's becoming tender, change to high wave for 3 minutes; if not, keep low wave till it becomes tender before changing to high wave.


  • Brown sugar is better than white sugar for the color of the dish.


  • Make sure you know the safe way to use your microwave. Reading the manual before cooking is highly recommended.

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