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Pork Belly Recipe for Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Sandwiches)

A pretty simple pork belly recipe for making your banh mi / Vietnamese sandwiches at home!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 6
Author: Hungry Huy


  • 2 pounds belly
  • 1/2 packet Chinese barbecue seasoning I used this kind from Noh
  • 1 medium yellow onion quartered
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce for color


  • Combine salt, onion powder, soy sauce, and packet seasoning into a medium bowl and mix.
  • Add belly to the bowl, evenly distribute seasoning, then marinate for 1-24 hours, covered. Longer will be better.
  • Remove belly from the bowl, roll the belly up and tie so it holds a shape while cooking.
  • Using a pot only slightly bigger than the pork bellies, add the rolled pork bellies to the pot then fill with water to reach 2/3 up the larger belly and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to maintain a medium boil, and rotate the pork 90 degrees every 15 minutes.
  • The pork is ready when the skin is soft and easily pierced by a chopstick, but the meat inside remains firm, about 90 minutes of boiling total depending on heat level. Remove from the water to cool, then remove twine and slice.