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Asian Pork Bao Buns

 Asian Pork Bao Buns
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Prep Time
20 minutes (PLUS 4 hours or overnight refrigeration)
Cook Time
2½–3 hours
Servings
Makes 8 servings
What You Need
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Bao buns are very popular and we’ve created ours with pork belly, crackling and a sweet chilli, fennel and apple slaw. Great to impress guests on the weekend!
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Roast Pork:
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1 Kg piece boned pork belly, skin on
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1 tsp salt
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2 red onions, sliced
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3–4 Gregg's Whole Star Anise
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2 cups unsweetened apple juice.
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Chilli, Fennel and Apple Slaw:
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1 fennel bulb, finely sliced
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¼ small savoy cabbage, finely sliced
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1 small carrot, grated
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1 green apple, grated
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Bao Buns:
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8 frozen Bao buns, thawed
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Gregg's Sesame Seeds to garnish (optional)
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Fresh coriander leaves to garnish (optional)
Make It
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Using a sharp knife, score the pork skin thinly. (Alternatively, get the butcher to do this for you.) Rub the skin with salt. Place on a tray and cover with baking paper. Refrigerate for 4 hours or ideally overnight to allow the skin to dry out.
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Preheat oven to 150°C (fan assisted). Put the onions and Gregg's Whole Star Anise into a roasting dish.* Sit the prepared pork on the onions, skin side uppermost. Pour the apple juice around the base of the pork, being careful not to get any on the skin.
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Roast for 2–2½ hours or until the pork is tender. Make sure that the liquid does not evaporate, adding more apple juice or water if necessary.
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Remove the pork from the roasting dish and set aside. Pour the remaining apple jus and onions into a saucepan. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C (fan assisted). Put the pork into the roasting dish and return it to the oven for a further 15–20 minutes or until the crackling has crisped.
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Simmer the onion and apple jus until reduced to a sticky jam consistency. Remove the star-anise.
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To make the Chilli, Fennel and Apple Slaw: Toss the ingredients together, mixing through the HEINZ [SERIOUSLY] GOOD™ Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise .
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To serve, heat the Bao buns according to packet directions. Fill the buns with thickly sliced pork, glazed onions and slaw. Sprinkle with Gregg's Sesame Seeds and coriander, if wished.
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* Make sure the roasting dish is appropriate for the size of the pork, too big and the liquid will evaporate too quickly.
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** To ensure you get good pork crackling, the skin must be well dried out.
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** Brioche or ciabatta buns are a good alternative to bao buns.
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