Halogen Oven Roast Pork in 10 Steps

The Missus wanted roast pork (燒肉) that I usually make using Air-Fryer that I normally make at our home, but during the current Movement Control Order by the Malaysian government to control Covid-19, we are basically stuck at the MiL place. And the only tool available is the Halogen Oven (turbo cooker), the halogen cooking pot cooks food in a very similar manner to the air-fryer. So we attempted to make a halogen oven roast pork for lunch.

Just like the air-fryer version, I prepped the pork a day before. The marinate/rub needs to get in deep and make the pork as delicious as it can be. All in all, it's all very easy, 10 simple steps to succulent porn pork goodness.

What I used:

  • 500g Pork Belly
  • Bowl large enough to fit the pork
  • Halogen Lamp Oven
  • Knife and fork
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Tray with rack (make sure fridge have space for it)

The Marinate/Dry Rub:

  • 3 teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of 5 spice powder

For the skin:

  • Ample amount of salt or sea salt.

The Steps

1. For the seasoning and prep, combine salt with sugar and five-spice powder and set aside. Use a knife to scrape away any impurities and hair on the pork and rinse thoroughly.

2. Blanch in boiling water for 15minutes to soften the skin and to get the meat to about 60% done.

3. Remove the pork from the water and let it rest on a rack. Pat dry with kitchen paper towels, using knife, score the base of the meat to allow the rub get into the meat. If you have meat stabbers, use those for the skin. In our case, I had to rely on some brute strength, knife and fork to score and stab at the skin.

4. Once that's done, apply the seasoning on the meat side. Once that's done, place it on a rack with a tray beneath and let it rest in the fridge til you want to cook it. I left it overnight.

5. Remove the pork from fridge an hour before cooking. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/395F.

6. Wipe the skin side again with paper towel to make sure it's completely dry, with fork/meat stabbers, give the skin another round of poking just to be on the safe side. Coat the skin side with ample amount of salt.

7. Place the pork in the oven's rack. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

8. Remove the layer of salt on the skin. Set the oven to 220C/430F, bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the skin gets truly crispy. (This one, have to use own observation to monitor as some friends mentioned to me that it only took them 10 - 15minutes to get crunchy skin based on my instructions)

9. Enjoy the beauty that is in the oven before removing from oven and let it rest for 5min.

10. Slice to the size you want and serve.

There you go, 10 easy steps to some porky goodness.

Do you have other ways to make it? Do share with me and other readers by commenting before this post.

Michael Yip

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