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Soy Sauce Pork

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Ingredients
  Pork belly 1 1⁄2 Pound (700 gram)
  Salt To Taste
  Eggs 6
  Potatoes 2
  Onion 1 Large
  Dried shiitake mushrooms 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (2 handfuls)
  Light olive oil 2 Teaspoon
  Star anise 2
  Cardamom pods 5
  Cinnamon sticks 3
  Cloves 5
  Dark soy sauce 6 Tablespoon
  Brown sugar To Taste
  Black pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Take the pork, carve into 2-cm/0.8-inch chunks and rub with salt.
2) Blanch pork with minimum 2 kettles of boiling water (pork can be a little too 'porky' sometimes), then wash many a times with cold tap water till all salt has been washed off.
3) Prepare hard-boiled eggs and shell them.
4) Remove the peel of potatoes if using and quarter them.
5) Cube the onions into small dice.
6) Pre-soak mushrooms for minimum of 4 hours in hot water.
7) Strain and retain mushroom liquid.

MAKING
8) In a large pot, fry in olive oil briefly the onion with the star anise, cardamom, cinammon and cloves.
9) Fry till spices emit a good smell, then add pork and at least 6 tablespoons of dark soy sauce.
10) Allow the mixture to boil with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the mushroom liquid.
11) When pork is half- cooked, add eggs, mushrooms and potatoes (if using).
12) Allow to boil and reduce to a simmer and cook for at least 2 hours.
13) A less complicated method is to allow it to boil and place in a closed casserole dish.
14 )Place the casserole dish in a preheated oven at 180° to 200° C for 1 1/2 hours, and add small amounts of water throughout the cooking process to prevent it fro drying.
15) If you leave the casserole dish unattended, add 2 cups of water and return to check minimum once.
16) Now add sugar and pepper to taste.
17) Brown sugar and a generous dash of black pepper,along with a glug of dark soy sauce can also be tried.

SERVING
18) Soy Sauce Pork is ready to be served.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Main Dish
Ingredient: 
Pork
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
5

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