Roast crispy pork belly with egg fried rice


Ken Hom


Overnight preparation time

Over 2 hourscooking time

Serves 4-6 people


Ken Hom’s classic crispy pork takes time to prepare but demands no great skill.

Egg fried rice is a great way to use up leftover rice.



For the pork

  • 1.5 kg/3lb 5oz boneless pork belly, with rind
  • 4 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 tbsp ground roasted Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 tbsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar


For the egg fried rice

  • 400g/14oz long-grain rice, cooked according to the packet instructions, drained and chilled
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp spring onions, finely chopped


Preparation method

  1. For the pork, pierce the rind side of pork with a sharp fork or knife until the skin is covered with fine holes. Insert a meat hook into the meat to secure it.
  2. Bring a large pan of water to a boil and, using a large ladle, pour the hot water over the rind side of the pork several times. This is best done suspending the pork above the sink. Set the pork belly aside.
  3. Heat a wok until it is hot, then add the salt, both peppers, five spice powder and sugar and stir-fry the mixture for three minutes. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  4. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, rub it into the flesh side of the pork. Hang the meat to dry for eight hours or overnight in a cool place or in front of a fan. Alternatively, place the meat on a wire rack set above a roasting tin.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Place the pork on a wire rack, rind side up, over a deep roasting pan filled about one third with water and roast for 20 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and continue to roast for two hours. Turn the oven back up to 230C/450F/Gas 8 and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the meat from the oven and allow the pork to cool.
  7. For the fried rice, mix the eggs, sesame oil and a pinch of the salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  8. Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat until it is hot. Add the groundnut or vegetable oil and when it is very hot and slightly smoking add the cooked rice and stir-fry for three minutes or until it is thoroughly warmed through.
  9. Drizzle the egg mixture over the rice and continue to stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until eggs have set and the mixture is dried. Add the remaining salt and pepper, continue to stir-fry for two minutes then toss in the spring onions. Stir several times and turn onto a serving dish. Carve the pork into bite-size pieces, arrange on a platter and serve immediately with the rice alongside.

Lagos, Portugal, Algave, 7th August

Sunday 7th August 2011

Today was my beautiful wife’s birthday.


To celebrate this special day, we continued to wander around the Old Town, and take in the sights.


We initially tried to dine at “A Forja” (known locally as the Blue Door) but the we arrived quite late in the evening and the queues here were quite long (it’s reputation proceeded it) so we wandered around, and stopped off for a quick drink in the “Green Room”.

<trying to find my image of the bar>  

As it turned out, this was a great little place with friendly bar staff, reasonably priced drinks which were suitable stronger than expected, and huge portions of Mexican food.

Lagos, Portugal, Algave, 6th August


Saturday 6th August

One of Lisa’s recommendations especially since we were self catering was a visit to the weekly farmers market down opposite the marine, housed in a couple of buildings in the bus stations area.


On our walk down, we past an interesting opening in the city wall.


“Can you tell where we are?”



I think this is near the main town hall?


This is the little “harbour ferry” that takes tourists across this small stretch of water to the beach on the other side.


Local market man selling jars of honey.


Another farmer waiting for customers.



After the market, we wandered back across the street, to the harbour for some food.



There were lots of sales pitches where you could go for the local boat trips around the local area to visit the grottos.



After a busy first day, we relaxed back at the apartment.



TAGS: 2011, Holiday, Lagos, PhotographyByFai, Portugal, Algave

Lagos, Portugal, Algave, 5th August


Friday 5th August 2011

Our first full day in Lagos, and we didn’t really know where to go.

What we usually try to do on the first day, is walk around, and pick up a few free local maps to see what is the “touristy” suggestions for places to eat, and see.


We had a walk around the old town to familiarise ourselves with the location, and found the marina which is only 5 minutes from the apartments.


If anyone can comment on who this statue is, that would be great !


Me on the wall down on the harbour front. (with a “fashion” preset)


The “Boa Esperanca”


“Street” shot of “Bar 53” in Lagos


“Late night menu critique”


TAGS: 2011, Holiday, Lagos, PhotographyByFai, Portugal, Algave


DIY Photography – Strobe Hood, and ebay UV filter

I made myself a cheap DIY flash gun hood from a IKEA standing lamp today.

DIY Photography Strobe Head

DIY Photography Strobe Head

DIY Photography Strobe Head


I cut the flash gun hole into the lamp shade, to turn it into a hood, then took a very quick remote shot to see what the results were like.

I was more than happy with the results, however, it did highlight something that I’d thought about in the back of my mind.


My super cheap ebay UV filter was causing GHOSTING on my shots.

It has cropped up in the past in my previous shots, but I never really knew why till today, as I’d guessed it might have been a reflection caused by my lens hood !

DIY Photography Strobe Head

Without filter
DIY Photography Strobe Head

DIY Photography Strobe Head

Without filter
DIY Photography Strobe Head


Looks like I’d better get a good multi-coated UV filter from now on !

First Autumnal walk of 2011

The wife and I just took our first Autumnal walk around by the woods near where we live. We collected some things, that we thought might look pretty, and I thought I’d share them with you.


Enjoy !


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A Higher Quality Setting in Photoshop Sometimes Reduces JPEG Quality

As it turns out, via a link from PETAPIXEL, in PHOTOSHOP, saving a file a QUALITY 7, when compared to QUALITY 6, results in a poorer JPG quality image !!!!

Lagos, Portugal 2011 Holiday with Photographs


On 4th August 2011, my wife and I took a lovely 14 day break away to Lagos, South Portugal in the Algave.

We bought the package direct from Thomsons (via topcashback).


Over the next few posts, I’ll document some of the great restaurant, and places to visit, and some of the sights I managed to photograph.


Thursday 4th August

Our destination in Lagos, Portugal, was a lovely self catering apartment “Porta da Vila” over in the west side of the old town in Lagos.


“Lisa” out rep at the apartments was fantastic. She was very welcoming, and had plenty of suggestions of places to visit, and restaurants to try which I’ll cover later.


TAGS: 2011

Mobile phone connection modes

The different modes are:
G – GPRS (32-40kbps)
E – EDGE (~96kbps)
3G – 3rd Generation (128-320kbps)
H – HSDPA (1.2Mbps-7.2Mbps)