Inspired by the Chiang Mai night markets, Luke Nguyen creates a recipe for chargrilled pork belly that uses coriander root, coriander seeds and ginger to flavour the meat, and tamarind water to make a delicious dipping sauce.






Skill level

Average: 3.4 (82 votes)


  • ¼ cup baby garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 4 coriander roots, scraped, chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 400 g pork belly, finely sliced
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) oyster sauce
  • ½ tsp pepper

Tamarind dipping sauce

  • 125 ml (½ cup) tamarind water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp pounded galangal
  • ½ tsp pounded garlic
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp sliced coriander

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Marinating time: 1 hour

To prepare the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic, coriander root and coriander seeds to a fine paste. Place the pork belly in a large bowl. Add the paste, sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce and pepper. Mix well. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to marinate (or overnight, if possible).

Bring a barbecue or chargrill to medium-high heat. Grill the pork belly for 8-10 minutes each side.

Chop the belly into 2 cm-thick pieces. Serve with the tamarind dipping sauce.