Using Herbs and Spices

Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Braised Stewed Pork Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 4

4 cm

3 cm

10

1 teaspoon

4 cloves

1 teaspoon

1 tablespoon

500 g

2 tablespoons

1

250 ml

1 teaspoon

Fresh galangal

Fresh turmeric

Peppercorns

Shrimp paste

Garlic

Sugar

Nuoc Cham sauce

Pork shoulder (with fat and skin on)

Oil

Onion, medium size (chopped)

Water

Vinegar

Method :
  • Thinly slice the galangal and turmeric, then pound them in a mortar and pestle with the peppercorns. Remove the galangal mixture from the mortar and pestle. Add the shrimp paste and garlic, and pound.

  • Place all the pounded ingredients in a large bowl with the sugar and nuoc cham sauce and set aside.

  • Place the pork (skin-side up) on a foil-lines grill tray, and cook under a hot grill until well browned and the crackling is blistering. Turn the pork over and grill the flesh side until it browns. When cool enough to touch, cut the pork into large bite-sized pieces.

  • Combine the pork with the spice paste mixture, and marinate for 1 hour.

  • Drain the pork and reserve the marinade. Lightly pat the meat dry with paper towels (so the meat browns well and does not stew).

  • Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan, add the pork and onion in 3 batches. Cook over high heat until well browned.

  • Drain any excess oil from the pan. Add the marinade, water and vinegar. Bring to boil.

  • Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until the pork is tender.

  • Uncover and cook for about 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with steamed rice.

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