Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Red-Braised Meat

This is a recipe that was taught to me by our chinese babysitter when we lived in Beijing. It's a good winter dish. She uses pork with the fat still on it, and cooks it until the fat is jellied, but I make a healthier version.

2 lbs lean pork, cubed
3 tb. cooking oil
3 slices ginger
1/2 C soy sauce (part dark, part light)
6-8 boiled eggs, peeled. (one per person)
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 sections of star anise.

Cook pork in oil until browned. Add soy sauce, and just enough water to cover the meat. Add ginger and star anise. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 1 hour. Add additional water as needed to keep the meat covered.
Add potatoes and boiled eggs. Do not cut the boiled eggs. Simmer 20-30 minutes. The eggs will soak up the soy sauce mixture. Serve over rice.