Make your own : Chinese 5 Spice Powder.
I bought some pork belly strips with a view to sticking them onto the bbq this weekend, I thought I would give them a try instead of pork ribs, easier for the kids to eat (no bones) also it is a relatively cheaper cut of meat.. and tasty to boot!
I wanted a Marinade for them so scanned through my bookcase and found a book called “Barbeque” over 200 sizzling dishes for outdoor eating – ISBN 1-84038-260-0
Found a fab recipe on Page 32 – Five-Spice Rib-Stickers.. sounded fab so got stuck in and started to make it, only had one problem, I didnt have any Five Spice, so had to make my own from scratch, grinding the whole spices to powder in my pestle & mortar.
Five Spice Ingredients:
- 1 tsp. ground Szechwan pepper
- 1 tsp. ground star anise
- 1-1/4 tsp. ground fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
Combine all the spice powder together, use what you need and store the rest in an airtight container.
Marinade Recipe :
- 2 tsp. Chinese Five-Spice Powder
- 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
- 1 tbsp. grated fresh root ginger
- half a teaspoon of chili sauce
- 4 tbsp. dark soy sauce
- 3 tbsp. dark muscavado sugar
- 1 tbsp. sunflower oil
Mix all these ingredients into a bowl and add the pork belly/ribs and marinade overnight in the fridge.
Verdict : 10/10 – they tasted great and the kids loved them too! 🙂