Tau Yiu Bak (Soy Sauce Braise Pork Belly, 醬油燜肉)

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Honestly this is the most fastest way and easiest way to prepare dinner for the weekdays! And it’s best to have it over night too, cuz, the ingredients are soaking into the sauce for 24 hours, surely make it fragrant and tasty.

Honestly preparing dinner on weekdays is killing, time spending is way unexpected or even I should say not able to forecast. But, we still got to eat, right? No matter how tough, I got to pick up something. Eating out though food is nice, however the true fact is your wallet is getting thinner and thinner. Cooking could actually polish your cooking skills too.

Mom never cooked this dish when we were young… I guess she didn’t like the cinnamon smells and the Chinese spices smell too. But, this dish ought to have these mentioned ingredients.

Many of us have our ways of cooking this dish, some needs to pan fry the meat before braise, some will have to blanch it first and so on. Some would tell you need to braise for at least minimumly an hour, but, for my case, time is the factor, I’ll turn everything into high speed like high flame and so on, get butcher to cut the exact size for me, things like that.

By the way, has anyone watched “A Simple Life” (桃姐) by Andy Lau and Dennie Yip? Though I have not, but roughly knows the story line… sometimes looking at it when someone is old is good to keep some good memories and even jot down whatever things that we want to remember, a very good example is recipes, places that you’ve visited before, food that you’d tried before, things that you’ve done before. That’s why it’s good to keep a journal, or a diary of your own. Seriously, no one would guarantee what will happen when we are old.

Am I over negative over aging matters?? Or I am just taking this place to trash out whatever that keep inside me for a long time? Anyway, no time to figure that out neither do I have the time to re-think about it. Perhaps, one day, some time… when I have my Mac Book Air with me, and a cup of brew coffee… sitting down at the road, enjoying the wind breeze, blah blah blah…

Anyway… too much of grumpy, let’s enjoy what we have for now.

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500g Pork Belly
2 Eggs – hardboiled
1 cup of water

½ tsp 5 Spice Powder
½ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
2 pcs Star Anise
1 pc Cinnamon
100g Garlic

1. Boil a pot of hot water and boil 2 eggs for about 20 minutes
2. Cut the pork belly about an inch in size and rinse
3. Marinate the meat with the marinate ingredients. And let it rest for 20 minutes to 30 minutes time
4. While marinate the meat, rinse the egg with cold water, for easy peeling the shell.
5. Once marinated, dump everything into a pot and boil for about 45minutes, and turn down the fire and let is simmer 30minutes.
5. Add in the eggs and let is simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Adapted from Nyonyachef


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