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Asian Pork Belly Bites with Cucumber Ribbons

This is a sure favourite in my house when I’m making canapés; sticky pork belly and crisp refreshing cucumber are a great combination!

Makes around 30

Prep time: 20 minutes plus 2 hours marinating

Cook time: 30 minutes


700g pork belly strips

2 cucumbers


200ml plum sauce

35g chilli jam

20ml toasted sesame oil

1 tsp Chinese five spice

Cocktail sticks


  1. Cut the pork in to bite size chunks, remembering that it will shrink as it cooks.

  2. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade, plus a pinch of salt in a bowl. Remove around 4 tablespoons and set aside for glazing later.

  3. Toss the pork in the remaining marinade and allow the flavour to infuse for at least 2 hours.

  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Arrange the pork on a foil lined baking tray and roast for 30 minutes until well browned, tuning at least once.

  5. Whilst the pork is cooking, use a speed peeler to make long ribbons from the cucumber.

  6. Remove the pork from the oven and cool slightly.

  7. Take one cucumber ribbon and weave it onto a cocktail stick, pushing a piece of pork on afterwards. Lay on a clean chopping board and repeat with the remaining cucumber and pork.

  8. Using a pastry brush, brush the remaining marinade over the pork and serve.



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