Vegan Pork Belly: A Crispy and Flavorful Delight

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Are you craving a delicious and satisfying meal that captures the essence of traditional Asian cuisine? Look no further than our Vegan Pork Belly recipe! This innovative dish combines layers of bread, TVP slices, and a coconut tapioca mixture to create a vegan alternative that will tantalize your taste buds.

Crispy Pork Belly: A Popular Asian Delight

Crispy Pork Belly is a beloved Asian dish known for its golden and crispy skin and succulent flesh. In Vietnam, it is often wrapped with rice noodles and lettuce, then dipped in a delectable sweet soy sauce. Inspired by the popularity of our Vegan Pork Belly recipe, we set out to create a realistic vegan version of this Asian delicacy.

Crafting the Perfect Vegan Crispy Pork Belly

To achieve the best results, we’ve incorporated a few key elements into our recipe:

  • The skin layer is made using baguette, providing a satisfying crunch.
  • The juiciness and softness come from a coconut milk mixture, adding a creamy texture.
  • Traditional flavors such as 5-spice powder and soy sauce bring depth and authenticity.
  • The frying process ensures a crispy and delicious final product.

Ingredients You’ll Need

To create this mouthwatering dish, gather the following ingredients:

  • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) slices
  • Baguette
  • Tapioca starch
  • Rice flour
  • Coconut milk
  • Oil
  • 5-spice powder
  • Corn starch
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Vegan Crispy Pork Belly Ingredients

How to Make Vegan Crispy Pork Belly

Follow these simple steps to create your own Vegan Crispy Pork Belly masterpiece:

Step 1: Making the Lean Meat Layer

First, soak the TVP slices in boiling water for 20 minutes. Then, drain and squeeze out any excess water. Marinate the slices with soy sauce and 5-spice powder before frying them in oil until they turn golden brown on both sides.

Step 2: Creating the Fat Layer

The fat layer adds a sticky texture that helps the layers hold together. Mix tapioca starch and rice flour with creamy coconut milk to create the perfect fat layer.

Vegan Crispy Pork Belly - Fat Layer

Step 3: Crafting the Crispy Skin Using Baguette

If you’re using a small baguette, split it in half lengthwise. For a longer baguette, cut a quarter section and divide it in half. Remove some of the soft inner part of the bread to create space for the other layers.

Step 4: Building the Layers

Now, it’s time to assemble your Vegan Pork Belly. Stack the layers in the following order: bread, coconut ‘fat’, TVP slices, another layer of coconut ‘fat’, and another layer of dipped TVP. Brush the bread layer with a mixture of oil and 5-spice powder.

The final result should resemble the tantalizing image below:

Vegan Crispy Pork Belly - Layers

Step 5: Steam and Refrigerate

To ensure the layers stick together, steam the assembled pork belly for 25 minutes. After steaming, let it cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Vegan Crispy Pork Belly - Steaming and Refrigerating

Step 6: Fry Till Crispy and Add Flavorful Sauces

After refrigerating, your vegan pork belly is ready to be enjoyed! Slice it and fry it in oil until it becomes crispy and golden. Serve it with a sweet soy sauce dipping sauce or wrap it in lettuce for an extra burst of freshness.

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Crispy Pork Belly - Before Frying
Vegan Pork Belly - After Frying

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy your crispy vegan ‘pork belly’ with a delectable sweet soy sauce dipping sauce. The texture is crunchy on the outside, yet tender and juicy on the inside. Alternatively, wrap the vegan pork belly in lettuce for a refreshing and satisfying combination.

Get Creative in the Kitchen!

If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out some of our other mouthwatering creations, such as Vegan Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly and more on the Hook’d Up Bar and Grill website.

With our Vegan Pork Belly recipe, you can enjoy a delightful meal that rivals its meaty counterpart while savoring the flavors of Asia. So go ahead, impress your friends and family with this vegan twist on a classic dish!