Being a lover of cooking I always have some kind of food programme on the tv. Right now I’m blogging whilst a Vietnamese man chows down on a slimy duck foetus. He claims it’s delicious… I am yet to be convinced.
Last week I was watching tamer cooking in the form of some classic 90’s Rick stein! I love his Eastern inspired cooking but it often involves fish, which (to my dismay) Mr YumDimSum hates, so I never get to try these recipes. I was therefore excited when I caught a young Rick cooking up an aromatic Chinese stew with wild boar. Admittedly as always I’ve changed the recipe around a bit to my liking and I’ve used pork instead. Hey, I don’t see any wild boars hanging out around my town! I made a batch just enough for two, so if you’ve got company just double it up.
- 500g pork, diced.
- 1 large white onion, sliced into strands
- A glug of sesame oil
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1.5 tsp grated/pureed ginger
- 2 tsp five spice
- Black pepper, to taste.
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2.5cm stick of cinnamon
- 1 clove
- Dried peel of 1 tangerine
1. Add your pork to a bowl and pour the soy sauces over. Leave to marinate for an hour or two.
2. Heat your oven to 160 degrees celcius. On the hob in a large pot heat up a good glug of sesame oil and once hot, add the onions. When tender but not softened add the pork.
3. As the pork is frying, add the five spice, garlic, ginger, honey & pepper.
4. Once the pork is cooked, add the rice wine and a cup of water along with the clove, tangerine peel and cinnamon. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Place the pot in the oven and leave to caramelise and reduce down for 40 minutes.
All you have to do now is remove the cinnamon, peel & clove and serve your stew with rice and pak choi.
- The tangerine peel can be done yourself: just leave some peel out for a few hours, or put it in the oven on a very low heat for an hour.
- Don’t forget to remove the clove! It’s very easy to forget and it’s very hard to find again, but trust me when I say biting into a clove is not a fun experience!
An easy peasy, super tasty & aromatic meal which is actually very easy to make. Give it a try!