Pork trotter vinegar is one of my favorite old school Chinese dishes, and can’t believe it took me a whole year after lock down to start cooking it. I mean, you don’t have to be a lady in confinement to have an excuse to enjoy it, right?
It’s so simple to make as well. All you need are – pork trotter, black vinegar (get the premixed one), sesame oil, and ginger. That is all, and with pressure cooker, making this is super fast too.
pork trotter vinegar, classic Chinese dish
- Pork trotter – 3/4 KG
- Generous amount of ginger (2-3 inches or more), sliced
- Premixed black vinegar (ask for those from Penang, I use this “two lion”, or “Swee On Woh” brand), 1 bottle (600 ml)
- 3-4 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 cups of water
- Eggs (optional)
- Dried chili (optional, if you want it slightly spicier)
- Cilantro (optional)
I used the entire bottle of this pre-mixed black vinegar
- Heat up sesame oil and saute ginger slices till fragrant
- Add in pork trotter and saute for a minute or two
- Add black vinegar, entire bottle
- Cook in high pressure for 30 mins, or low heat for 3 hours if you don’t have a pressure cooker
- Top off with some chopped cilantro for colors
The result was excellent and as good as any I’ve tried, the fat and skin so tender. I take zero credit for how well this turns out as the key ingredient was the excellent black vinegar itself. Try it!
P/S: if you don’t have a pressure cooker, simmer in low heat for up to 3 hours.
As we’ve now officially moved to Shah Alam but yet to manage to subscribe to fiber internet line, updates will be still a bit on the slow side, but fear not, here’s another Klang bak kut teh place for you to contemplate – the 155 Bak Kut Teh restaurant at Pandamaran.
Restoran 155 bak kut teh, Klang
Some of you may have come across the 158 Hong Ba post on this site a few months ago, and yes, this house-turned-restaurant bak kut teh place resides along the same road just a stone’s throw away, apparently owned by owners with similar creativity level when it comes to naming their business.
claypot bak kut teh & pork trotter with vinegar
155 Bak Kut Teh actually serves more than just bak kut teh. In addition to the usual soupy version of my favorite pork dish of all time, there’s also the dry version, pork trotter vinegar, and “oily” vegetable. The bak kut teh comes in either clay pot or the traditional China bowl.
Since there was just two of us, we opted for a claypot BKT with soup, and a portion of pork trotter vinegar (RM 11 each). We also tried their yau char kuai as starter.
I always love it when there’s unlimited fried shallots
We chose “kah wan” (fatty meat near pork legs) and was more than satisfied with the quality of the BKT soup with is quite plentiful and still rather flavorful. The meat is tender as any, and for those who favor balanced diet, there’s a few pieces of greens in it.
The pork trotter vinegar though, was superb. It was soft, tender, and absolutely “kao”. The viscosity of the vinegar is quite high with the aroma that’s equally as imposing. I love it.
If you want some balanced BKT with some good pork trotter vinegar, this is a place to check out. Spare the yau char kuai though.
155 Bak Kut Teh Restaurant
155, Jalan Chan Ah Choo,
42000 Pelabuhan Klang,
GPS: 3.010609, 101.419939
Tel: 019-649 2000, 016-354 8982
When I first received the invitation email for a food review at Paradise Inn, I was wondering why I haven’t heard about this hotel since it’s located near Sunway Pyramid, an area I’m quite familiar with. As it turned out, Paradise Inn is actually a Chinese restaurant WITHIN Pyramid.
Traditionally, the word “inn” refers to a place where travelers seek food, drinks, and lodging. Paradise Inn provides two out of the three functions, so I guess it is more legit to use the word “inn” than most political parties in forming government.
Paradise Inn at Sunway Pyramid, yes it’s a restaurant
Paradise Inn is a subsidary of Paradise Group Holding, Singapore. While only been in Malaysia since 2011, the group has been operating several F&B brands in Singapore since 2002. The concept of the restaurant is to combine traditional Chinese cuisine with a touch of modern innovation, and serve the resulting dishes at a reasonable price.
The interior of the restaurant reflects that very concept, with decoration true carrying tell tale traditional styling with added modern touches. I find it quite classy.
stewed pork belly with lotus bun
We kick started the food review session with one of Paradise Inn’s signature dishes, the stewed pork belly served with lotus bun (RM 4.80). It reminds me of the similar dish at Fong Lye at Mid Valley Gardens, but I like this version even more. It’s more juicy, and certainly very savory and flavorful.
The portion is perhaps a little big for appetizer, but I’m not one with huge appetite, so your mileage may vary.
doubled boil water goby with spare ribs and fresh apple
Like any proper Chinese dinner, soup is of the essence. We tried their double boiled water goby with spare ribs and fresh apple (RM 39.90 per pot), one of the nine different double boiled soups offered here.
The soup is supposed to reduce internal dryness, relieve thirst, and improve metabolism. What I know is that it tastes great, and I’d have never thought that the addition of apple in this otherwise very traditional soup managed to give it a hint of freshness and sweetness that adds to the overall taste. I should try this at home.
coffee pork ribs, eggplant with minced pork, crisp fried prawn in wasabi mayo
Next up was another pretty unique dish that was a first for me, the coffee pork ribs (RM 19.90 onwards). Imagine Guinness pork ribs, now imagine the aroma from the black beer substituted by the smell of coffee. It was different, not better or worse than it’s sibling, but different in itself, people who loves coffee would definitely love it. I quite like this.
Stewed eggplant with minced pork and salted fish (RM 16 onwards) isn’t quite as unique, but something that carries its own and goes well with steamed rice.
Crisp fried crystal prawns in wasabi mayo (RM 29.90 onwards) came across to me like something from a dimsum restaurant with great Japanese influence, minus the dimsum skin. The wasabi mayo and that sprinkle of ebiko really adds to the otherwise straight forward fried prawns.
fried prawns with salted egg yolk, spinach in superior stock, fried shrimp paste prawns
Another prawn dish we had was the crisp fried crystal prawns with salted egg yolk (RM 29.90 onwards). This should be quite a familiar taste to most, and execution of the dish here is pretty good. I like how the prawns are shelled.
Poached Chinese spinach with egg trio and minced pork in superior stock (RM 16 onwards) is a bit of a fancy name for the familiar “siong thong yuen choi” dish that is common across most Chinese restaurants. The difference here is that they use century egg, salted egg, and chicken egg all in one dish, which makes for a more interesting tasting soup, but I wish there was more liquid.
Crisp fried shrimp paste chicken (RM 18 onwards) might have been inspired by local Nyonya cuisine (my mom cooks this), and turns out to be quite delicious. Great with some cold beer.
chicken with fragrant herbs, steamed minced pork with salted egg yolk,
braised vermicelli with pork trotter
Another poultry dish we tried was chicken with fragrant herbs in clay pot (RM 18 onwards), this dish isn’t all too different from Taiwanese 3 cup chicken, but with a stronger taste of spices and herbs.
Steamed minced pork with water chestnut and salted egg yolk (RM 18) looks pretty interesting, the flattened egg yolk though, was probably more for aesthetics than practicality. I’m also not sure if water chestnut with pork is my thing and probably prefer the traditional type with salted fish instead. It’s not bad per se, just not really my thing.
Braised vermicelli with pork trotters (RM 19.90) is a dish that must be consumed while piping hot. The collagen and fat from pork trotter melting into those meehun – heaven! One of my favorites.
hasma with red dates & longan, lemongrass jelly w lemonade, mango sago
There are eight different traditional desserts to choose from at Paradise Inn. Hasma with red dates and logan (RM 12), lemongrass jelly with lemonade (RM 6), and chilled mango sago (RM 8) were among the few we tried. The desserts serve as sweet conclusion to the session.
there are lunch sets too, and look at how these bloggers work
To me, Paradise Inn seems to sit right in between the cheaper Chinese “tai chau” and the higher end restaurants in hotels in terms of their price point. Quality of food is pretty high up there, offering very decent value for what they are asking.
This review was arranged by HungryGoWhere Malaysia.
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
OB3.LG1.7 & 1.8, Lower Ground One,
GPS: 3.07208, 101.60539
Tel: 03-5637 8822