As a Malaysian, I pride myself of knowing my food. In fact, food… good food is part of our heritage. We have been blessed with so many array of flavours; Indian, Malay, Baba + Nonya, Chinese… etc. One of the things I made sure I did was to introduce G’s family (who are Australian) to Malaysian food. A food tour in Malaysia isn’t a choice, it is compulsory. A keen observation made by G’s aunt, at the end of her two weeks sojourn, was that Malaysian lives to eat and eats to live. She’s not far from the truth.
However, it did take me three years to be away from home to really appreciate home. As the years passed, I’ve realised that generations of recipes would be lost if not for some effort to document them. Which is the whole point of this project. Several months ago I emailed some Malaysian food bloggers asking if they’d be interested in contributing a recipe (or two) to my latest project called ‘From My Mother’s Kitchen’.
I personally wanted to try all these recipes so I could learn them myself (the ‘teach a man to fish’ strategy) and in the process preserving it to share with other Malaysians and people who are genuinely interested in Malaysian cuisine.
The very first entry to the project is Audrey from Audrey Cooks with her Braised Pork in Soy Sauce and Rock Sugar recipe. This dish is one of my favourite, with the pork sautéeing in its fat and then slowly left to simmer to reduce the liquid, the pork caramelises and becomes incredibly tender. My friend Lyn was just asking me for the recipe the other day so, it is a timely coincidence that I have it with me.
*Please note that this is an adapted version as I could not find certain ingredients in this sort space of time. For the original recipe, please go here. Thanks Audrey for your fantastic recipe. Just so you know, I’m having it for dinner tonight and G’s already liking it.
- 600 grams of pork ribs (cut into 3 cm chunks)
- 2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
- 4 Tbsp light soy sauce
- 5 cloves of garlic
- a generous drizzle of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of Chinese five spiced powder
- 60 gm rock sugar (crushed)
- 250 ml hot water
- 4 peeled hard boiled eggs
- Marinade pork ribs in half the soya sauces for two hours in the fridge.
- Heat up a non-stick saucepan and drizzle in olive oil.
- Fry garlic cloves for 1 minute.
- Add spices and fry for another minute.
- Put in the ribs and stir till the ribs are slightly brown, lower heat, then add in the remaining soya sauces. rock sugar and water.
- Stir until sugar dissolved, simmer for 20 minutes on low heat uncovered and stirring from time to time. This is to let some liquid evaporate thus creating a thicker gravy.
- Cover with a lid and simmer for another 40 - 50 minutes.
- Checking frequently to avoid gravy from totally drying up and burning the contents.
- If gravy is rapidly drying up, add a little more hot water and stir.
- When almost ready, put in eggs and stir until well coated with gravy.
- Ribs are ready when thoroughly cooked through, meat is tender, ribs well coated with thick gravy. Serve with steamed fragrant white rice.