I looooooooooooooove animal fat! Fried, baked, stewed, boiled, broiled, cold from the fridge (mmm butter), melted in my tea (mmm cream) - glorious animal faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!
I also love food where the majority of the 'cooking' involves me ignoring it while I go kill mobs. XD
These braised pig trotters are therefore, in a word, perfect!
2-3 pig trotters (chopped into whatever size your butcher chops them for you)
Soy sauce (5 parts)
Chinese cooking wine (3 parts)
Vinegar (2 parts - doesn't really matter what kind of vinegar. I used apple cider vinegar.)
5 spice powder (1 part)
Ginger, chopped finely (1 part - I used the tube stuff because I'm lazy)
Garlic, chopped finely (1 part - I used paste because... yes I'm lazy)
1 large onion, chopped into bits however small you get to before you get lazy
Brown sugar (a bit)
Ground white pepper (a bit)
Sesame oil (a bit)
Garlic cloves x 5, still in their little skins (Optional)
Enoki mushrooms (Optional, I just love the darn things)
- Blanch the trotters, leave them to cool, then scrape off and discard whatever bits look dubious to you (usually hairy bits)
- Mix all the ingredients together except the trotters, chopped onions, garlic cloves and enoki mushrooms
- Galoosh the liquidy ingredients into your trusty rice cooker
- Dump in the garlic cloves, onions, and trotters
- Add enough water so that the trotters are just covered
- Stir everything until the liquidy ingredients are homogenously... liquidy
- Separate the enokis into slimmer bunches and strew them on top of the whole liquidy trottery mass
- Close rice cooker and set it either on Soup/Cook for 2.5 hours, OR set it on Steam for 2.5 hours (this will depend on the kind of rice cooker you have)
- After 2.5 hours, open the rice cooker and add more water so that the trotters are covered again.
- Give everything a stir
- Cook on Soup/Cook OR Steam for another 2.5 hours
- Splat all that unctuous gooey gelatinous fatty piggy goodness on a plate of white rice and NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM. If you can find a decent sambal oelek, even better!
You need to blanch the trotters first (boil them for a short while until they turn white and scummy stuff comes to the top of the boiling water pot) so that they don't smell piggy in a bad way, vs piggy in a good way! Which is what they'll smell like after you get rid of the Bad Piggy by blanching...