I have a bit more time on my hands today, so thought I would try something new to me, Shanghai Style Braised Pork with some veg noodles.
I found this amazing looking Recipe it uses Pork Belly, which is still a cheaper cut, I bought a pack from Aldi and it was under £2.50 a pack. Although it takes time to make, doesn’t look too complicated – I have of course fiddled with the recipe and added some bits 😉
I start by cutting the Pork Belly slices into bite size pieces.
This goes into a pan full of boiling water and blanch the Pork for a few minutes.
Drain and put to one side, then in a lidded pan put a tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of oil, stir and heat, then add the Pork cubes and stir through till browned, do be careful hot oil and sugar is flipping hot, hot, hot….
I am adding 2 crushed cloves of garlic and a thumb size piece of grated ginger, 3 tablespoons of dry vermouth (I didn’t have any rice wine), a tablespoon of light soy sauce and half a tablespoon of dark soy sauce and 500ml water.
A good stir, on with the lid and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour checking regularly, adding more water if drying out.
If there is a lot of fluid left, take the lid off, turn up the heat till you have a thick glossy sauce that coats the Pork.
I wanted to make a simple accompaniment to this lush Fakeaway so Stir fried Veg and Aldi Ready to wok noodles.
Finely slice spring onion, a small onion, sliced baby corn, mushrooms – toss in a little oil over a high heat adding a splash of water to ‘steam’ the veg.
Add the noodles, stir through and I added a splash of Oyster sauce.
Serve up the Pork and noodles, add a sprinkle of finely sliced spring onions and glass of lager or dry white wine 😉 – delicious.