Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Stir fried pork belly with shallots, ginger and chilli



Single people love simple food when it comes to cooking. When in Germany, I always looked for the simplest way to cook a dish. This time around I was at Hendrik's place for dinner and this time I made him cook the dish. We had leftover ingredients from the last party we had, so we whipped out all the leftover ingredients and thought what we could do with them. I brought pork belly from my fridge as I had to start getting rid of groceries by then. So this was what we came up with, Stir Fried pork belly with shallots, ginger and chilli.

Ingredients:

500 gms                        pork belly (sliced to bite sized pieces)
10                                 shallots - skin removed and sliced thinly
A thumb sized               ginger - julienned
3                                   red chillies - seeds removed and julienned

Marinade:
A dollop of                   oyster sauce (that would be about 2 tbsps)
2 rounds of                   sesame oil
2 rounds of                   soy sauce
A dash of                      freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp                           flour (alternate with cornstarch if you have it)

Method:

  1. Marinade pork belly with marinade and set aside for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare ground ingredients (shallots, ginger and chilli).
  2. Heat up wok, add some vegetable oil. When oil has heated up, not til the point where you see smoke coming out of the wok, then the oil is too hot, add in ground ingredients. Stir fry till fragrant. Then add in marinated pork including the juices together and continue stir frying. When pork is turning colour, add some water for it to simmer in.
  3. Let pork simmer for about 5 minutes. On the side, prepare a tbsp of cornstarch / flour with water and stir. When you see pork is fully cooked, pour in flour mixture into wok to thicken the sauce. Stir the pork until you see the sauce has thickened. Dish out onto rice and serve piping hot!
Hendrik and I enjoyed the meal tremendously. Simple yet tasty. And it only took 1/2 hour to cook.

Simple dishes definitely goes a long way,
The Innovative Baker



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