Braised Pork Belly Served In Chinese Steamed Bun by Miki Mak

A rice cooker can cook more than rice and it can make wonder if you’ve got one with innovative technology. I am blessed to have this Tefal Optimal Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker that is packed with plenty of features and settings, first in my menu to share here is the ALL-In-ONE ~ Braised Pork Belly Served In Chinese Steamed Bun ~ all done in a rice cooker. Simply stir fry the pork belly and spices in the inner pot of the rice cooker, cover, set the time and let it cook. When it’s ready, steam the leaf bun in the steam basket. Serve with lettuce and cherry tomatoes to complete your meal. Sounds easy and tempting right? 

Yield 3 servings

600g Pork Belly
2 tbsp Cooking Oil
7 Lotus Leaf Bun
1 Butterhead Lettuce
1 Punnet Cherry Tomato
Some Coriander Leaves

2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Rice Wine
1 tsp Sesame Oil

45g Shallot (sliced)
15g Garlic (lightly pounded)
15g Ginger (sliced)

1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Star Anise
5 Clove
1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
3 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp Garlic Pepper
35g Rock Sugar
1 3/4 cup Water


  1. Wash the pork belly, pat dry with kitchen towel. Cut into 7 thick slices. Add in (A), mix well. Cover with cling wrap and let it marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Turn the rice cooker on DIY mode, heat 2 tbsp of cooking oil in the inner pot. Add in (B), stir fry until fragrant.
  3. Add pork belly (reserve the marinates). Cook the pork belly until both sides are slightly brown. Add in the remaining marinates.
  4. Stir in (C). Mix well.
  5. Close the lid. Set the time to 45 minutes (DIY mode).
  6. When the cooking is done, place the Chinese leaf bun on the steam basket. Open the rice cooker lid, flip the pork belly. Put the steam basket in the rice cooker, close the lid, set the time to 15 minutes (DIY mode).
  7. To serve: Gently tear-open the steamed lotus leaf bun. Place a lettuce leaf followed by a slice of braised pork belly and some coriander leaves. Serve with cherry tomatoes and more lettuce to complete your meal.

Tips: The 3D spherical pot encourage heat circulation from all direction. Make sure there’s no overlapping when you add in the pork belly so that the sides are cooked evenly. It’s fine if the pork belly are placed at the sides of the pot.