A Regular Home-cooked Chinese Meal
Occassionally, I get this strange nagging feeling that I should be using chopsticks and rice bowls for a nice warm comfortable sit down meal instead of the regular one pot, one plate or even the economy rice-styled kind of 'everything on a plate thingy'. Life can be so hectic at times until there is no time to savour the lovely dishes cooked.
Today is not that type of day, I simply won't allow it! A little chinese setting dinner seems so invitingly heart warming with a pot of hot chinese oolong tea warming up the dining table corner. Just 3 simple dishes cooked with love and placed attractively on the table, surrounded by a few well decorated bowls of steaming white fluffy basmathi rice and dark elegant chopsticks purchased directly from Shanghai, China.Five-Spice Pork Strip 600 gm pork shoulder (usually sold cut in a 4' round slab) 3 cloves garlic (smashed) 5 slices of ginger 2 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 2 Tbsp chinese five spice powder Dark soya sauce Light soya sauce white pepper and sea salt to taste
- Marinate the pork shoulder slabs with chinese five spice powder overnite in the refrigerator.
- Drizzle a heated non-stick pan with some grapeseed oil and throw in the garlic, ginger, cinnamon stick and star anise.
- Fry till fragrant.
- Put in all the marinated pork shoulder and sear the slabs till lightly browned.
- Drizzle in some dark and light soya sauce.
- Add a little hot water and allow it to simmer on low fire for 40 minutes or until pork slabs are tender and can easily be pierce through with a paring knife.
- Add white pepper and salt to taste.
- Cut pork shoulders into bite-size strips and garnish with some coriander leaves.
- Blanche baby bok choy in hot boiling water for 20 seconds and rinse under cold running water.
- Drain and set aside in the serving plate.
- Heat olive oil in a small saucepan and put in chopped garlic. Stir until they turn slighly light brown, cut off fire and remove from hob.
- Pour over baby bok choy and drizzle a little light soya sauce over it and serve.