Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly

Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly, also known as “Tofu Pork Belly Hot Pot,” is a highly cherished and sought-after Zi Char dish. This delectable creation features succulent pieces of pork belly and silky tofu, simmered together in a claypot with a flavorful broth and an array of aromatic seasonings. The dish’s irresistible appeal lies in the tender and melt-in-your-mouth texture of the pork belly complemented by the smoothness of the tofu, all infused with the rich flavors from the claypot cooking method. Its comforting and hearty nature makes it a favorite choice among diners seeking a satisfying and delightful culinary experience.

Why Do People Love Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly:

The popularity of Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly can be attributed to its mouthwatering appeal and the harmonious pairing of ingredients. The softness of tofu beautifully complements the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, creating a satisfying contrast of textures. Additionally, the clay pot cooking method helps to enhance the overall taste and aroma, resulting in a delightful and comforting dish. 

The combination of flavours, textures, and aromas makes Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly a beloved choice for both casual family dinners and special occasions.

Making Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly Yourself

making Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 400g firm tofu, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 300g pork belly, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced (optional, for garnish)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

How To Cook Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly

Step 1

Heat a clay pot or a deep saucepan over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and minced garlic, and stir-fry until the garlic becomes fragrant.

Step 2

Add the sliced pork belly to the clay pot and cook until it turns golden brown and crispy.

Step 3

Next, add the tofu cubes to the clay pot and gently stir to combine them with the pork belly.

Step 4

In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce and oyster sauce. Pour the sauce mixture over the tofu and pork belly, ensuring they are evenly coated.

Step 5

Cover the clay pot and let the dish simmer for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld together.

Step 6

In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in water to create a slurry. Pour the slurry into the clay pot and stir gently to thicken the sauce.

Step 7

Garnish the Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly with chopped spring onions and sliced red chilli (if desired).

Step 8

Serve the dish hot with steamed rice or noodles.

Serving Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly With Other Dishes

Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly pairs wonderfully with steamed jasmine rice or egg-fried rice, allowing you to savour the rich flavours and textures of the dish alongside the fluffy grains of rice. For a complete meal, you can also serve it with a side of stir-fried vegetables or a refreshing cucumber salad.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein-Rich: The dish contains both tofu and pork belly, providing a substantial amount of protein. Protein is crucial for building and repairing tissues, supporting muscle health, and various physiological processes.
  2. Vitamins and Minerals: Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly often includes vegetables and seasonings that contribute essential vitamins (such as vitamin C, A, and K) and minerals (like potassium and calcium) necessary for overall well-being.
  3. Healthy Fats: While pork belly contains fat, it also provides a balance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can be a part of a balanced diet when consumed in moderation.
  4. Tofu Benefits: Tofu, being a plant-based protein, is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and contains minerals like iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, contributing to overall health.
  5. Claypot Cooking: The claypot cooking method retains the flavors and nutrients of the ingredients, resulting in a wholesome and nourishing dish.
  6. Balanced Meal: When served with vegetables and whole grains like rice or quinoa, Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly creates a well-rounded meal, providing a mix of proteins, carbohydrates, and essential nutrients.
  7. Calcium Source: Tofu and some vegetables in the dish are good sources of calcium, supporting bone health and muscle function.
  8. Digestive Benefits: The inclusion of vegetables and tofu in the dish provides dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and helping with bowel regularity.
  9. Satiety and Comfort: The combination of protein, healthy fats, and flavorful ingredients in Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly contributes to a satisfying and comforting dining experience.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang For An Authentic Zi Char Experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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