Christmas Pork Roll with Black Garlic Stuffing

Looking for a show-stopping Christmas dinner centrepiece? This Christmas Pork Roll (Porchetta) with Black Garlic Stuffing is bound to have your dinner guests wishing for more.


A Porchetta is essentially a big slab of rolled up sio bak with an Asian twist to the stuffing filled with indulgent flavours from black garlic, chicken liver and herbs. This recipe is a solve for the last bits of black garlic you bought last Chinese New Year. You can thank us when you bite into the crispy, cackling pork skin and sink your teeth into tender meat and lick clean all the stuffing.


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  • Servings: 4 - 6 pax

  • Time: 1 hr 30 mins

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 1 whole Pork Belly (3kg+-)

  2. 2 tbsp Olive oil

  3. 1 Onion (finely chopped)

  4. 200g Minced pork

  5. 200g Chicken liver (chopped)

  6. 1 handful Coriander

  7. 1 handful Sage

  8. 4-5 sprigs Thyme

  9. 1 handful Toasted Pine nuts

  10. 8-10 cloves black garlic

  11. 1 Lemons Juice and zest

  12. 100ml White wine

  13. 80g Bread crumbs

  14. Salt and Pepper

  15. Grated nutmeg


  1. A day ahead, prepare pork belly by scoring it lengthwise and salting the skin to draw out moisture. Refrigerate overnight without covering it.

  2. To make the stuffing, prepare 8 cloves of black garlic.

  3. In a pan, add olive oil, add onions and sauté until translucent.

  4. And in minced pork and chicken liver, continue to sauté. Add in black garlic and mix well.

  5. Pour in white wine to deglaze the pan. Once the alcohol has evaporated, add in the herbs, chopped coriander, thyme and sage. Mix well.

  6. Add in the zest and juice of 1 lemon, and also a handful of crushed pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Add in bread crumbs to dry out stuffing slightly, so that it will hold nicely later on.

  8. Flip pork belly to the underside and score across to create crevices that the stuffing can fall into. Lay stuffing over underside of pork belly evenly.

  9. Roll pork belly up and tie it with butcher's twine that was soaked in water to prevent burning.

  10. Roast in a 180°C oven for about 1½ hours, and then crank the heat up to 200°C for about 20-30 minutes until the skin is nice and crispy.

  11. Leave Porchetta to rest for about 30 minutes before cutting.

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