Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Soy Sauce Pork

I love Smilebox! It's given me endless opportunity to experiment and convert my pictures into a slide show.

In a previous post, I mentioned about my mum cooking without proper measurements. I realized that one of the reasons I never picked up on cooking Chinese is because she always estimated her ingredients and that put me off.

I am one who had to have my weighing machine, my liquid measuring jugs and measuring spoons (both Japanese and US standards) and recipe available before I get cooking.

I found that by taking detailed pictures of her cooking, I could easily follow and re-make her recipes! What a Gem I found in Smilebox!!! Yipeee!!!

I showed mum the first slide show I made on her Salted fish bones and vegetables curry and she was tickled! She cooked Soy Sauce Pork for dinner and I asked to post the recipe again. She was a little trilled, I think! Both of us are having fun!!

This is it, the recipe:

Approximately 600 grams of pork belly and lean pork marinated in 2 Tbsp of dark soy sauce.
Season for 15 minutes.

A handful of garlic
3 cloves
half a Star Anise
1 inch of cinnamon
1 tsp of crushed white pepper
1 piece of rock sugar (to caramelize the pork to give it a glossy look)

Half ladle of cooking oil


  • Heat up half a ladle of cooking oil
  • Fry cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves and then add garlic
  • Add crushed pepper corns
  • Add marinated pork
  • Saute and toss pork and add the rock sugar
  • Add half a soup bowl of water
  • Bring to boil and cook on medium/low fire for 15 minutes
  • Add 3 Tbsp of soy sauce (Mum used the dinner spoon - she says it's the same!@#?!!)
  • Add a ceramic soup spoon into the pork (this is to tenderize the pork)
  • Add 1 Tbsp of dark soy sauce for darker color
  • Continue to cook for another 15 minutes on medium/low fire (leave the ceramic soup spoon in the pot!)
  • Taste and add soy sauce to taste if not sufficient
Mum's Soy Sauce Pork is different from others I have eaten because she adds spices like cinnamon and cloves into it. It adds a nice flavor to the soy sauce pork dish.

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NomadicMom said...

Actually...when I cook, I also don't measure the ingredients. So "ma-fann". I "agak-agak" all the time. The only time I measure is when I bake lor... and I still agak-agak for the icing and all... Just too lazy to measure stuff exactly. :-)

allthingspurple said...

hey, great women thinks alike !!! YOur mom and my mother in law cook tau yew bak exactly the same way !!! remember me telling you I stopped her mid track to measure from her ladle with my measuring spoon? That was tau yew bak I was learning !!! And your mom and my MIL cook the same way, with anise, clove and caardamom too !!! I am so going to show my MIL your video. haha !!

Unknown said...

haha.. i think maybe great women all think alike. my mum is also like that..that is why i really appreciate your sharing the soy sauce pork recipe. i made that for dinner on Mon night trying to remember mum's instructions and i could only remember the garlic, peppercorns and pork. Now I know why my pork does not have that rich flavor..missing anise,cinnamon and rock sugar. Must do it again soon :D

Bento Pet said...

nomadicmom: Ha! Another "agak-agak" kaki - sign of a great cook!

Bento Pet said...

allthingspurple: My mum is so awed with today's technology. She keeps asking me to replay and tells her grandkids (my children)to view the slides.

She's even giving me tips to improve the slides! Hahaha!

Bento Pet said...

yozo: I'm glad you found the slide show useful! Hopefully more to come!

kojojojo said...

i don't like pork
but it was a nice recipe


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