If this is what it’s like to be old…GIVE ME THE YOUTH POTION PLEASE! My body is sore all over from gardening & farming. Always good on days like this to come back to a pot full of meat, specifically PORK BELLY!
My thinking is that, since we won’t be able to eat a lot of pork belly when we’re older (all the artery blocking and such), better to eat it now than later, right?
1 strip of pork belly (about 1 pound), cut into small 1/2 inch pieces (or bigger if you prefer, it’ll just cook longer)
1 can of Coconut juice (1 can = 14-16 ounces of liquid)
1 can of Coconut milk (unsweetened!)
1 star anise (tiếng Việt là tai vị)
1 egg (DUCK EGGS ARE AWESOME PLS GET THEM!
Fish sauce OR soy sauce
Step 1. Brown the sugar till it becomes caramel. Careful, this sucker burns like that (finger snap)!
Step 2. Pour coconut juice & coconut milk, let boil. Season with fish sauce or soy sauce. If your liquid is sweet, add a cup of water.
Step 3. When liquid is boiling, put in the meat, star anise & peppercorn. Cook on medium heat for 1/2 hour (meat still has texture) or 1 hour (meat comfortably soft).
Step 4. Boil your egg in separate water while waiting for the meat. When egg is done peel and put into the stew pot, remember to use your knife to cut along and around the egg so the broth can penetrate it!
I think people don’t usually put in coconut milk, but it gives the stew such a rich decadent taste! After I was done with the meat, I mixed about 5 tablespoons of the stew broth into 2 cups of water, boiled some straw mushroom and put in a big bunch of cilantro. Voila! Soup! The Lazy Man soup!