Grilled pork belly, lychee, chilli jam

By Chef Jerry Mai



Grilled pork belly

  • 500g pork belly, cut into 2cm thick cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • 1 lemongrass, sliced thinly


  • 8 lychees, peeled and deseeded
  • 1 cucumber, halved seeds removed and cut half a cm thick on the angle
  • ½ bunch mint, picked
  • ½ bunch Vietnamese mint, picked
  • ½ bunch shiso, picked
  • 1 bunch Thai basil, picked
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, julienned
  • 1 large red chilli, julienned
  • 2 large dry chilli, seeded and flash fried

Chilli jam

  • 100g shallots, fried
  • 50g garlic, fried
  • 25g dried chillies
  • 10g galangal sliced, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind water
  • 3 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon gula melaka syrup
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • 1 lemon juice


  1. 1.
    Marinate the pork belly with lemongrass and fish sauce for 1 hour then add the coconut cream and marinate for a further 3 hours.
  2. 2.
    To make the chilli jam place all the dry ingredients - fried shallots, fried garlic, fried chilli and galangal - in a food processor the blend until smooth. Add the tamarind water, fish sauce, gula melaka and lemon juice until a paste is formed. Remove the paste from the food processor and stir through the coconut cream. The chilli jam should be rich and smoky and taste sweet, salty and sour.
  3. 3.
    To cook the pork belly, grill the pork belly over a bbq with the skin side down over a low heat, keep turning the meat. This will allow the skin to crisp and render the fat out of the belly. The pork belly should be golden brown on all sides, when the pork is ready brush with a little coconut cream and cook for further 1-2mins. Remove from the grill and rest for 5mins.
  4. 4.
    To put the salad together, place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl except for the fried dried chilli, slice the pork belly place into the bowl and add the chilli jam. Gently mix the jam through the salad making sure everything is well coated. Serve in a bowl topped with the fried chilli crushed over the top.