I did watch a little bit of Poh's Kitchen yesterday and I thought, maybe, I should satisfy the big boy's appetite today and cook him his favourite pork belly - he hasn't really got a favourite recipe for it, he likes his pork belly in which ever way it's cooked, but this is one of the old family favourites, slow
braised pork belly in dark soy...
Cut pork in 1"x3" blocks, fill pot with water,
add 1 Knob of Ginger,
3 cloves of Garlic,
a pinch of salt,
1 tsp of whole black pepper corn,
1tsp of cloves,
water to cover the pork and simmer in low heat for an hour and half. Boil some small baby potatoes in a separate pot in water, drain water and peel off skin when cooked.
When Pork is almost ready, prepare for the marinate stock,
1 cup of soy sauce 1/2 dark, 1/2 light,
1/2 cup shaoxin,
1/2 cup of raw sugar (I did use yellow rock sugar instead),
2tsp five spice powder, in the wok.
Take pork out and rince under cold water. Return pork and potatos to the wok with marinate sauce, add some stock (from the pot pork cooked in), add the ginger back into the work, and start to reduce the sauce, to half, stir and coat the pork and the potatos. Once the sauce is thickened, pork is cooked....
And then I found some plum jam which was given to me by mother in law... and I decided to make some short bread sandwiches using the nice home made jam...
250g SR flour,
2tsp baking powder,
40g castor sugar,
75g cubed cold butter,
1 lightly whisked egg,
4 tbsp milk,
1/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup desiccated coconut...
sift flour and baking powder, mix well, add diced butter, rub in until it resembles bread crumbs, add the rest of the ingredients to form a soft dough, add a bit more milk if needed. Roll the doll into a stick 5cm in diameter, and cut each piece about 1cms thick, slightly shape it and place them on the cookie sheets (don't forget to grease your baking tray and paper.) They take about 12 minutes in a 200C oven, and then I sandwiched them together with the lovely plum jam....