Babi Pongteh

Babi Pongteh

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Braised Pork In Fermented Soy Bean Sauce

Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 60 mins

Main

Peranakan


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Ingredients

Servings:  
1 kg
pork belly or slightly fatty or marbled pork (Iberico secreto)
6
shiitake mushroom(s)
11
garlic clove(s)
150 g
shallot(s)
2 tbsp
fermented soybean paste (taucu)
1
cinnamon stick(s)
2 tsp
dark soy sauce
1 tbsp
sugar
20 mg
palm sugar (gula melaka)
6 tbsp
oil
salt
150 ml
water
water

Steps to Prepare

Step 1 of 6

    • 1 kg pork belly or slightly fatty or marbled pork (Iberico secreto)

Rinse pork, drain, and cut into 2-cm thick slices/cubes. Set aside.

Step 2 of 6

    • 6 shiitake mushroom(s)

Soak dried mushrooms in warm water for about 30 minutes, or until softened. Cut off the stems, squeeze out excess water, and set aside. Discard the soaking water.

Step 3 of 6

    • 5 garlic clove(s)
    • 150 g shallot(s)
    • 2 tbsp fermented soybean paste (taucu)

Mince the garlic and Shallot separately. If you are not able to get the fermented bean paste. Take the fermented bean and mashed it till it become a paste.

Step 4 of 6

    • 1 cinnamon stick(s)
    • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp sugar
    • 20 mg palm sugar (gula melaka)
    • 6 tbsp oil
    • salt

Heat up oil in a wok over medium heat. When hot, fry pounded shallots, pounded garlic, and cinnamon bark until fragrant. Add fermented soy bean paste mixture and stir fry mixture for 1/2 a minute. Add in both the dark soya sauce, sugar and stir for a minute or till it is well blended.

Step 5 of 6

    • 150 ml water

Put in pork, and fry briefly to coat evenly with paste mixture. Add 150 ml water and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally for about 5 mins

Step 6 of 6

    • water
    • 6 garlic clove(s)

Then, pour in enough water to cover the pork and bring to a rapid boil for 5 minutes. Transfer from wok to a heavy-bottomed pot. Add whole garlic cloves, cover with pot lid, bring to a gentle simmer, and let pork braise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until pork is tender to your liking. Add more hot water as needed, should the braising liquid reduce too quickly. If you prefer a thicker sauce or gravy, allow braising liquid to reduce to your desired consistency. For a thinner consistency or more sauce or gravy, add more water. Note: Do a taste when almost done, adding bit by bit, more salt or more sugar, to taste - be cautious with salt as fermented beans tend to be quite heavily salted. The overall flavour should be well balanced.

Published: June 22, 2020


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