Slow roasted pork shoulder ‘Chinese style’ with pak choi

I adore slow roasted pork shoulder and usually I just season the joint and serve as a traditional Sunday roast. But sometimes it’s well worth doing something different and five spice really works well with pork. Try and cook it long and slow if you can as the shoulder is a fatty cut and the fat will baste the meat whilst it’s in the oven to create an amazing meal. So just get the pork in the oven and forget about it.


  • 1.1kg of British boneless pork shoulder (£3.30)
  • 1 bulb of garlic (25p)
  • 400g of pak choi (£2)
  • 2 red chillies (18p)
  • 1 small piece of ginger (10p)

The cupboard staples…

Sunflower oil, salt, black pepper, Chinese five spice and soy sauce.

Total cost              

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to, this trolley was cheapest at Sainsbury’s where it came to £5.83 - that's £1.45 per head!


  • Start by pre heating the oven to 210C. The pork will be in the oven for 4 hours in total.
  • Now take the pork (make sure the skin has been scored) and rub the meat (avoiding the skin) all over with salt, black pepper, 6 teaspoons of five spice and a little sunflower oil. Place the pork in a roasting tin and put in the oven for 20 minutes at 210C. After 20 minutes turn the oven down to 140C, add a cup of water to the bottom of the roasting tin and cover with foil. The pork will be ready in 3 hours and 40 minutes.
  • About 5 minutes before the pork is due out the oven (the pork will also need to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes before you serve , so you have 15 minutes for the pak choi) you can start on the pak choi dish.
  • Finely chop 4 cloves of garlic, the ginger and 2 red chillies (seeds included) and then chop each pak choi in half. Get a wok on a high heat and get the wok nice and hot – add some sunflower oil and then the garlic, ginger and red chillies and cook for no longer than 1 minute. Then add the pak choi, cook for a further 2 minutes and finally add a good few dashes of soy sauce (add a little sesame oil as well if you have some).
  • Slice the pork into slices and serve on top of the pak choi.
  • Happy eating!