How to Make Garlic Rosemary Pork Belly With Fried Tofu

Updated on January 29, 2020
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garlic rosemary pork belly with fried tofu
garlic rosemary pork belly with fried tofu | Source

Garlic and rosemary always go well together, but it's a particularly wonderful combination when it comes to preparing meat. When cooked, garlic has a strong, buttery taste, while rosemary has a distinctive, aromatic flavor. I used these two flavorful ingredients to cook a delicious garlic rosemary pork belly with fried tofu.

Fried foods are best served with condiments or dips. I like to serve mine with any vinegar-based dip, which I find helps to lessen the oily taste of the dish.


  • 500 grams pork belly
  • 500 grams tofu, cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon rosemary, dried
  • 1 small onion, cubed
  • 1 small carrots, cubed
  • 1 piece celery stalk, cubed
  • 2 bay leaf
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water
  • Cooking oil, for frying
  • Spring onions, minced, for garnish (optional)


For Preparation:

  • 2 large bowls
  • 2 small bowls
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • frying pan
  • tongs

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 55 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 4 servings


  1. Place pork belly in a stock pot filled with water. Add carrots, celery stalk, onions, bay leaf, salt, pepper. Cook until tender.
  2. While waiting for the pork belly, slice tofu into pieces. Set aside.
  3. Remove the pork belly once it is cooked. Allow it to dry before pan-frying it.
  4. Drain the pork stock. Discard the vegetables and other spices. Store the stock inside the freezer for future use.
  5. Add oil to the frying pan. Fry the tofu. Set aside.
  6. In a separate frying pan, heat small amount of oil with garlic and rosemary. Pan-fry the pork belly. Cook until it's crusty on both sides but still soft inside.
  7. Tilt the pan, scoop out the oil, and pour over the meat.
  8. Once cooked, allow the pork belly to rest before slicing.
  9. On a plate, mix slices of pork belly and tofu. Garnish with spring onions. Serve with your favorite dip.

The Finished Dish

pork and tofu recipe
pork and tofu recipe | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use fresh rosemary if available.
  2. Baste the pork belly to keep it moist. Basting is a cooking technique wherein you pour juices or melted fat over the meat while it is still cooking to maintain its moisture.
  3. Reserved pork stock can be used in making soups.
  4. Adding aromatics such as carrots, celery, onions, and bay leaf give more flavor to the meat.
  5. Slicing the tofu first before frying helps to achieve a crunchy texture on all sides.
  6. Try serving this pork belly and fried tofu dish with my homemade spicy soy-vinegar dip.

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