Lemongrass and Garlic Pork Belly Roll

July 6, 2018

If heaven had a menu, what sort of food would it serve?

For decades, earthling imaginations have always dreamt about what heaven would feed its inhabitants. Some would like a river of San Miguel. Others would want a tower of chocolates. A few would love to stroll on a beach with fried rice as sand.

But we’re not that hard to please—all we want is one little dish.

So while you’re still mortal, here’s a sinful solution that will definitely appease your raging belly and turn you into a borderline glutton. And because gluttony is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, we are possibly shortlisted for eternal doom.

Just as there are several circles of hell, this Pork Belly Roll has its own circles of heart-stopping goodness.

The first circle is the crackling skin that’s so crispy, it’ll shake your soul away to a distant universe. The second circle is the buttery soft, melt-in-your mouth meat that’s as tender as a baby’s bottom. The third circle is filled with the infusion of lemongrass, garlic, and bell peppers that will give you an otherwordly sensory experience.

Consequently, both saints and sinners are sure to put away all their differences and lust over this deadly dish.  The greed that comes from not wanting to share is indeed inevitable, as well as the wrath in knowing that someone took a huge bite while you weren’t looking. Oh, and let’s not forget the sloth that comes as a result of eating more than you can carry. But most importantly, the pride that comes from preparing this simple yet tasty dish, with bystanders reeking of envy as they salivate over your precious slab of pork.

Yep, that’s a lot of sin alright. But don’t worry, it’s never too late to knock on heaven’s door and ask for forgiveness.

Lemongrass and Garlic Roast Pork Belly Roll

Yield: 8 servings


  • 3 kg pork belly, leave whole
  • 3 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 stalks lemongrass (white part only)
  • 1 bulb garlic, peeled
  • 2 pcs bell pepper, sliced into strips


  1. Clean pork belly properly. Trim off excess fat and skin.
  2. Generously season with salt all over— put more salt on the meat and less on the skin.
  3. Lay skin side down.
  4. Arrange lemongrass, bell pepper and garlic in one line at the belly’s center and drizzle with a little olive oil.
  5. Roll belly into a log and tie with cooking string.
  6. Brush skin with the rest of the olive oil.
  7. Cover with foil and bake in preheated 380 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 3 hours.
  8. Remove foil and bake for another hour.
  9. Turn on broiler and broil pork until skin becomes crispy while turning the belly so that all sides are broiled.
  10. Serve with sarsa.
Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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33 responses to “Lemongrass and Garlic Pork Belly Roll”

  1. Holy Crap, that looks amazing. It shouldn’t be too hard getting the ingredients for this. I have a question about the oven, though. It says broiler, but I don’t understand what this means in terms of using an oven. My oven has about 6 settings: Heat on top, On bottom, on both top and bottom, and convection? (with fan) on any of those three.

    • Colleen says:

      Hi Kat,

      Read your comment, I think I can help. Your oven  sounds like it’s a pretty standard oven as far as North American ovens go, we just use really weird terms. 

      Heat on top only is called broiling, we call the element in the top of your oven a broiler or a grill. Heat on the top and the bottom alone is frequently called a roasting or roast setting and is great for slow cooking meats evenly. Heat just on the bottom is the bake setting, it’s also what the majority of north american cooks are usually referring to when they give an oven setting, and convection is convection all over the world. 

      Hope this helps!

  2. Joey says:

    This is definitely what they would serve in my version of heaven!!  Pork rules in my book, and pork belly even more so!  Doing this soon…

  3. Vinz says:

    Oh my, oh my!!!!!!!!!!! I’m about to start my diet soon and now I see this…DANG!!!!!! To die for!!!

  4. Great flavors on this pork belly a.k.a. lechon! Love the photos ! I just roasted a whole slab of pork belly and here in the USA, it drove my friends crazy! I must try your recipe with lemongrass soon. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Tina Cillo says:

    pepper.ph, you are going to be the death of me!

  6. kitkat says:

    OMG!!! This is L.U.T.H. (Level Up To the Highest) Great to feast on rainy days!  Can I use Turbo Broiler since I dont have an oven? Thanks.

  7. Beautiful, I have to make this very soon.

  8. Milca says:

    What can you substitute instead of lemongrass? 🙂

  9. Alex Ca4160 says:

    It’s a recipe that makes me want to become a non-practicing atheist and start believing in the concept of a superior and benign Being who guides us all.

  10. CoolinaryGabey says:

    It looks like a cross between balamban liempo and porchetta. Also, this reminds me of MarketMan’s zubuliempo/boneless zubuchon. Stunning photos, btw. I bet this tasted as great as it looks. 🙂 New fan here. 🙂

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  12. sandrita says:

    Yup, looks similar to projects by Marketman and Burnt Lumpia. We Pinoys love our pork belly 😀

  13. Dante Reveche says:

    i am trying it right now…

  14. jarrold says:

    pede po ba sa turbo broiler?

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  16. Eli says:

    What if I only have a 1.8kg meat?

  17. Doug says:

    This is a Great meal. I made and everyone loved it. I have to make again this Christmas because everyone is requesting it. If I was rating on a ten star scale I would give this meal 15 stars…..

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