Peranakan Babi-Sioh by Eddy Khoo


1.5kg pork belly (cut into two large pieces)
250gm tamarind
350gm water
350 gm shallots or onions
3 tbsp coriander powder, (dry roasted in pan)
10 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp dark soya sauce
1 heaped tsp pepper
2 red chillies or to taste


1. soak tamarind in water for 15 mins or more; squeeze by hand and sieve.

2. add all ingredients in blender and blend till smooth. add more water if necessary.

3. pour marinade into container with the pork belly and marinate overnight.

3. simmer 2.5 to 3 hrs or until tender. remove and sear pork separately in hot pan to make it glazed and browned (optional). thicken gravy if needed. skim off excess oil.