Hawaiian-Style Braised Pork

"You can use any cut of pork you desire. I like pork shoulder because it has more flavor. This cooks slowly and does not require a lot of attention,it's easy to make, and even better if you prepare this a day ahead, the flavors really intensify, just rewarm over low heat. Because of the soy sauce, add the salt in at the end of cooking. If possible make this with only green onions. Serve this with rice, this is a wonderful pork dish!"
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Season the pork with salt, pepper and garlic powder (season the pork cubes with a small amount of salt or omit the salt and just season with pepper and garlic powder).
  • Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add in about 1/3 of the pork and saute until brown (about 6-7 minutes) transfer to a bowl and continue with the remaining pork.
  • Add in the fresh garlic, green onions and ginger; saute for 1 minute.
  • Return the pork to the pot along with any juices from the bowl or plate.
  • Add in 1-1/2 cups broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, crushed red pepper flakes and five-spice powder; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until the pork is very tender (about 90 minutes or more or less).
  • Stir/whisk in remaining broth and cornstarch together in a small cup; mix into simmering sauce.
  • Simmer until the gravy thickens, stirring occasionally (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Season with salt and pepper.

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  1. Brydell
    WOW! super simple and yummy. what a great change of pace from routine dinners. I served it over rice and with grilled pineapple. thanks!
  2. mollysusan4
    This was wonderful! I made it with only 2lbs of pork chops (cubed) and I wish I would have used 4lbs so that we had leftovers. I didn't have any 5 spice seasoning but I added a dash of cinnamon...still delicious! It was so flavorful. All the busy work is upfront (20 min), then just sit back and enjoy the smells :) I will certainly be making this again for my hubby and kids.
  3. 394mm493
    What a wonderful recipe! We're having a Hawaiian themed party, and I was hoping to find at least one recipe that did not include pineapple! I made a test batch and let it sit overnight as suggested, and it was a HUGE hit with the family. The five spice powder really adds a special dimension to the dish. I have no doubt it will be one of the highlights of the party. Thanks for another winner, KITTENCAL!
  4. michellebhm
    Thank you for posting- I made this with stir fried cabbage (with ginger, green onions an sesame oil) and also with rice. Big hit with family. Thank you for posting :)



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