Thursday 23 August 2018

卤肉饭 Braised Pork Rice Recipe

Shared this dish I made on Instagram last week and received a few requests on recipe. I thought it would be easier to document and share it on blog.

I made this using the slow cooker and stewed about 6 hours to overnight. Till the meat was really soft. Over stove is great too, it takes probably 2 to 3 hour to simmer on stove. Always ensure there is enough water covering everything.

When I was in the states years ago, all the home wives would come together to share and exchange recipe. A Taiwanese Mama shared that the special ingredient used in her 卤肉饭 recipe is peanut butter! Without the crunch of course. Which since then I have not missed it out when dishing this up.

800g pork belly
8 pieces of dried shitake mushrooms
4 cloves garlic (minced)
Thumb ginger (sliced)
2 Star Anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon five spice powder
1 large lump rock sugar

1 cup fried shallots (keep 2 tablespoon of oil)
4 hard-boiled eggs (peeled)
2 firm tofu (tau kwa), cut into squares

3 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1/4 cup of light soy sauce
1/4 Shaoxing wine
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon heap of peanut butter (creamy)

  1. Soak shitake mushroom in water overnight. Cut them into cubes. Keep stock and set aside. 
  2. Cut the pork belly into 1 inch cubes and blanch. Drain.
  3. Heat oil (from fried shallots) in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, star anise and cinnamon stick. Cook until fragrant.  
  4. Add pork belly into the pot. Cook till most of the pork is half done, then add in mushroom cubes, sauce, five spice powder and rock sugar. Everything should be in except eggs and tofu. Cook for 1 - 2 minutes.
  5. Add mushroom stock, about 800ml. If not enough mushroom stock, add water.
  6. Cover and bring to boil. You may simmer over stove till meat is soft, about 2 to 3 hours or transfer to a slow cooker to cook for at least 4 hours. Ensure thar there is always enough water to cover everything.
  7. Add the eggs and tofu about 2 hours before serving. Serve ready dish over rice with generous amount of gravy.

Have fun filling the tummies of our loved ones!

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