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Pork chop has always one of my simple guilty pleasures, a slab of loin with a layer of fat can deliver a rather satisfying meal perhaps second only to steak in its simplicity and taste, but at 1/5 the cost (if you count only the cost of meat).

The tricky part about pork though is that if you don’t get it “just right”, it’s easy to have an overcooked piece of dry meat that takes 1/2 hour just to chew, or worse,  under cooked and be friends with your toilet for the next day or two. Beef is a lot more forgiving in that regards.

Sous vide to the rescue then! Ever since I bought myself a little sous vide stick (the cheapest version of Anova), I’ve been using it for pork chop exploit quite a few times, I want to share with you my recipe today.

sous vide fuyu pork chop

Ingredients:

  • 250 gram pork chop, preferably with a layer of fat
  • 2 tablespoon of fermented tofu for marinate
  • asparagus + garlic (or any side dish you wish to have)
  • 2 tablespoon butter/cooking oil

Instructions:

  • marinate pork chop with fermented tofu (preferably overnight), seal in vacuum bag
  • sous vide pork chop at 60 Celsius for 2 hours
  • remove from water bath, heat up frying pan till smoking hot, pan sear for 1 minute each side, remove and let rest for 4-5 minutes
  • fry asparagus with butter & garlic while pork is resting, serve as side
  • enjoy!

If you want someone else to be doing the job, I think ANTE probably has the best pork chop in town.

 

One of my favorite canned food is the stewed canned pork. It is basically savory heaven contained within a can that can be unleashed upon in the kitchen at your convenience throughout the clock. If I had to build a nuclear bunker, this will definitely be one of the stocked up item for me.

Today, I’m going to share with you one of the easiest ways to make use of this godsend ingredient – by making canned stew pork with potato dish that goes very well with steamed rice.

cooking potato with canned pork
cooking potato with canned pork

Ingredients:

  • one canned stew pork (big)
  • 3 potatoes, cut in 1/2 cm thick slices
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark soya sauce (optional)

potato with stewed pork
potato with stewed pork

Cooking instructions:

  • boil the potato until soft
  • heat up cooking oil and fry garlic until fragrant
  • add canned pork, add potato
  • add dark soya sauce (optional)
  • mix well and serve while hot

This dish can be prepared in less than 20 minutes, super simple and positively delicious. Give it a try if you like some of those homey cholesterol laden taste.

Happy cooking!

One of the many wonderful dishes that mom makes when we were a kid involves fatty pork and meehun, and whenever she cooked them, we would finish it in record time. The succulent and overly savory pork with those soft vermicelli never disappoint, and I’m glad to say that I finally manage to do it at our own kitchen.

I present to you – fried meehun with canned stew pork, the sin food.

ingredients - meehun, vege, garlic, canned pork, chili padi
ingredients – meehun, vege, garlic, canned pork, chili padi

The ingredients are plenty simple and should be available from just about anywhere in the world with an Asian/Chinese grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • canned stew pork
  • choi sam (or any leafy vegetable)
  • half a clove of garlic
  • chili padi if you like it spicy
  • mushroom (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • soya sauce to taste
  • dark soya sauce (1 teaspoon)

fry the greens first
fry the greens first, then the pork

Cooking Instructions:

  • soak meehun in water for 30 minutes (or until soft)
  • heat up the cooking oil and fry garlic until fragrant
  • add vegetables (always add the stems first as they take longer to cook) and cook for a couple minutes
  • add canned pork and stir for a minute
  • add meehun, chili padi, soya sauce, and dark soya sauce
  • stir, and close the lid of frying pan for a minute to steam and avoid losing too much moisture
  • serve while hot!

add some soya sauce & dark soya sauce, then steam it a bit
add some soya sauce & dark soya sauce, then steam it a bit

The recipe is fairly simple and you really can’t go wrong. A big can of stew pork is probably good enough for four portions of meehun, do use appropriately sized frying pan for this job. We cooked for only 2 of us so the amount of pork we ended up consuming was a bit too insane.

fried mihun with canned stew pork, mom's recipe
fried mihun with canned stew pork, mom’s recipe

Happy cooking, and feel free to check out other recipes on this space too.

As a Chinese, we love our soup. Herbal soup, vegetable soup, pork, chicken, anything. While growing up, we always have some sort of soup, a vegetable dish, and a fish/meat dish for every meal. Now that I’m kinda all grown up and sometimes cook for myself, I try to replicate the same as well.

Here’s a super simple recipe for radish soup with pork ribs (feel free to substitute with chicken) that you can make at home fairly fast, and with ingredients that are fairly cheap, this dish was about RM 12 in ingredients.

ingredients - radish, pork ribs, dried cuttle fish, wolf berries
ingredients – radish, pork ribs, dried cuttle fish, wolf berries

Ingredients (serves 4 bowls):

  • 1 radish, skinned and cut in bite size chunks
  • 400 –  600 gram pork ribs (or chicken carcasses/chicken wings/legs)
  • wolf berries (optional)
  • 1 piece dried cuttle fish (or dried scallops, optional)
  • 5 bowls of water
  • salt and pepper to taste

remove the impurities from the pork with a sieve or ladle remove the impurities from the pork with a sieve or ladle 

Cooking instruction:

  • heat up water and add pork ribs, bring to boil for a bout a minute or two
  • remove impurities with a sieve or ladle, if you want a clearer soup, remove pork and start over with another pot of water
  • allow pork to cook in low heat for 30-45 mins
  • add cuttle fish, wolf berries, and radish
  • boil for another 30-45 mins
  • ready to serve, add salt and pepper to taste

simple homemade radish soup with pork ribs
simple homemade radish soup with pork ribs

The addition of dried cuttle fish really enhances the taste of the soup, and boiling the pork long ensures that you get it well soft and tender without also overcooking the radish.

Since there are only two of us and this recipe serves about four bowl, I tend to cook this for dinner and then have them again the next morning, be sure to boil it again before going to sleep (or keep it in the fridge) to prevent the soup from going bad overnight.

For more simple recipes from yours truly, click here.

As promised on the Taman Desa Japanese BBQ post, here’s how you spend less than 1/4 the money and DIY some pork bbq goodness at home. An awesome BBQ chicken wing recipe is thrown in as well.

This BBQ was done several weeks ago when my sister and my niece were in KL to get their visa application finalised. They have moved to the states now.

pork, chicken wings, vege, we have it all
pork, chicken wings, vege, we have it all. Kerol & FA working on the grill

pork belly BBQ:

  • buy pork belly from the market, I paid RM 25 for about 15 portions of what you’d get from Taman Desa BBQ place, cut them in squares
  • marinate with half a cup of cooking sake, 1 tablespoon salt, and 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • as for sauce, add chopped garlic to Japanese salad dressing (wafu dressing, shoyu vinegar)
  • BBQ on medium heat till cooked
pro tip: soak the satey sticks in water for 5-10 minutes before BBQ to prevent burning
pro tip 2: don’t mix vege in between meat, they have different cooking time
p/s: Haze came up with the recipe and marinated the pork, everyone loved it, need to make more next time

my sister & niece, with a few friends & ex housemates
my sister & niece, with a few friends & ex housemates

awesome chicken wing BBQ:

  • marinated chicken wings (together with drummets) with 3 parts oyster sauce, 2 parts soya sauce, and 1 part dark soya sauce
  • add some pepper to the marinate
  • let it marinate for at least half an hour in the fridge, longer = better
  • BBQ over medium fire, poke the drummet – no juice coming out = cooked

instax pic with my sister, the niece, and me. =D
instax pic with my sister, the niece, and me. =D

Vegetable BBQ:

  • er.. just put them on stick and burn away!
  • add some salt to serve

That’s it, simple and yummy BBQ. The experiment was a success, will have a bigger BBQ party next time!