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Monbiot family pork sambal

Serves 15




2kg pork belly

16 shallots, peeled and roughly chopped

8 fat cloves of garlic, peeled and halved

16 chillies, roughly chopped and deseeded

2 tbsp belacan (Malaysian shrimp paste)

3 tbsp peanut oil

2 tsp turmeric

8 tbsp tamarind water

8 tbsp fish sauce, or more to taste

4 tbsp brown sugar

4 stalks of lemongrass, outer layers removed and cut into 1 inch sections

chicken stock

Sea salt


What you need


Food processor


What to do


Cut the pork belly into large, ‘two bite’ sized pieces. Blitz the shallots, garlic, chillies and belacan in a food processor until smooth. Sauté the paste in peanut oil for five minutes or so until fragrant. Add the pork belly pieces, turmeric, tamarind water, fish sauce, brown sugar, lemongrass and enough chicken stock to cover the pork. Bring to the boil and simmer covered until the pork is soft and tender. Taste and season with sea salt to taste.


Serve with steamed rice. This is even better made the night before.

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