Category: Special Events Party Food

Braised Pork Chinese Recipe)

Chinese Recipe
Pork Recipe

 

Chairman Mao Braised Pork, Photo by JMorton

Braised Pork Recipe

I love, love, love this recipe.  I am pretty sure it is fattening and not good for my high blood pressure but I just love it.  Anyway, I don’t really it every single day😜 as much I would like to. 😜 . Only on special occasions.

But there are those days that you can’t wait for a special occasion.  It just pops in your brain and can almost taste it that you actually want to eat it.  Well, we have got the recipe for you.

By the way, the above photo is called Chairman Mao’s Braised Pork.

 

Chairman Mao Braised Pork

Ingredients:

  • 1½ lbs pork belly
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (dark)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (light)
  • (or 2 tbsp dark soy sauce)😜
  • 1½ tbsp Shaoxing Rice wine
  • 2 pieces Star anise
  • pinch salt
  • 1½ tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp rock sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, bruised
  • ¼ inch ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stalk spring onion, left whole
  • 1 stalk spring onion, chopped for decoration

Procedure:

  1. Slice the pork belly into inch pieces.
  2. Add them to a casserole or pan of boiling water.  Allow to boil for 5-7 minutes.  Drain and allow to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan, better yet in a wok over fairly low heat.
  4. Stir in the sugar and cook until it had turned brown, not burnt.
  5. Add the pork and coat it with the sugar.  Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, turning them constantly.
  6. Pour in the wine.
  7. Add the light and dark soy sauce (or just use 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce).  Let the pork soak in the soy sauce for a minute.
  8. Add the water.
  9. Drop in the star anise.
  10. Sprinkle in the salt.  Turn up the heat on high.  Cover the wok or casserole and bring to a boil.
  11. Turn down the heat, add the ginger, garlic and the spring onion.
  12. Cover once again and simmer for 45-50 minutes on low heat.
  13. Check and stir once in a while to ensure that the water has not completely evaporated, leaving a burnt offering.
  14. Then sprinkle the rock sugar.  The rock sugar will give the pork its shiny, succulent look.
  15. Turn up the heat on high.  Allow to cook for another 7-10 minutes.  Stir it continuously and cover the pork pieces with the sauces.
  16. Now it is ready.  Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with the chopped spring onion.
  17. Delicious with freshly cooked boiled rice.

 

Chicken Adobo a la London

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I was happy how this recipe turned out. It was really good. Perfect for parties, bring it out in the garden for an additional summer barbecue fare.

Chicken Adobo a la London

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken pieces of thighs and legs
3 pieces dried bay leaves, I used those fresh from my garden
3 tbsp soy sauce
6 tbsp vinegar
3 -6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 cup water
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp Demerara Sugar
1 tsp whole peppercorn
Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a little container,  mix together the soy sauce and garlic.
  2. In a separate large glass container, a lidded Pyrex glass, arrange the chicken pieces and then pour over them the soy sauce mix to marinate for at least three hours or overnight in the fridge.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  4. Fry the marinated chicken pieces and garlic slivers in the oil.  Cook the  the chicken until golden brown on all sides.  Be careful with the frying as bazookas of hot oil and liquid sometimes will shoot out. 🙂 Ouch
  5. I transferred the cook chicken pieces into a casserole pan and then poured into it the remaining marinade, also adding the cup of water and vinegar. (My mother had told me never to stir the adobo before the vinegary sauce has started to boil. – No idea why!)
  6. Add the bay leaves and whole peppercorn, put the lid on the casserole and simmer for half an hour or until chicken is cooked.
  7. Sprinkle in the sugar.
  8. Check that the sauce is to your liking.  Add more vinegar if not rightly sour, add soy sauce if it is still bland and if preferred season with a dash of salt.
  9. Serve Immediately with freshly boiled rice.

Optional!  To make the Chicken Adobo that little bit more special:

From Step 8, continue cooking a little longer.

  • Minced a couple of garlic cloves
  • Heat a little oil and saute the garlic.
  • Take out the chicken pieces from the casserole, leaving the sauce to simmer until it reduces.
  • Fry the chicken pieces in the garlic until they start to sizzle.
  • Arrange neatly in a serving platter and pour sauce over the pieces.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Authentic Maki Zushi

Sushi platter, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Authentic Maki Zushi

I will not be telling porkies here but making sushi is somewhat difficult!  I am not only talking about the process of rolling these little babies but actually more on the ingredients and the preparation.

The rice!  It has to be cooked to perfection and the fish and vegetables should be at their freshest.

Before you say no to sushi making, please stop! 🙂 We should all be reminded that Rome was not built in a day, as the saying goes.  We have to persevere; make an effort and acquire new skill for a potentially delicious reap.

To be continued! 🙂

Biko From Alma’s Kitchen

Biko, photo by PH Morton

Biko From Alma’s Kitchen

My sister-in-law, Alma is a very capable woman.  A good example of a decent human being.  She is friendly, she is caring, she can’t do enough to be helpful to anyone.

She is well like by everyone.

Her abilities go on and on.  What I like most about her is her cooking.  She can really cook up a storm.

Her biko is to die for.  Peter, my English hubby, who do not usually eat anything made of rice love’s Alma’s biko.

The above photo was from Alma’s kitchen.  Doesn’t it look so delicious?  And it was so yummy.

Click here for the recipe!

Biko a a favourite of mine.  It reminds me of happy childhood and young adulthood in the Philippines. It reminds me of my loving family, cheerful, always ready for a laugh and adventure.

I remember my mother going to market and coming home with biko, which we would share and enjoy.

I remember my grandfather coming home with ‘pasalubong’ of biko, amongst others, when he goes out.

Biko is a symbol of halcyon days for me!