With a bowl of steamed rice, this Chinese casserole-style dish provides a delicious, flavoursome and substantial meal during cooler months…
3.5 litres red braise master stock (see below)
450g free-range boneless pork belly, skin on, at room temperature, cut into 2cm pieces
4 free-range eggs, at room temperature
3-4 carrots, halved if large
4 red shallots, peeled but left whole
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp malt vinegar
¼ tsp sesame oil
1. Make the red braise master stock in a large stockpot that will later fit the pork, eggs, carrots and red shallots.
2. Meanwhile, place pork belly in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, then drain. This will remove any impurities from the meat.
3. Place eggs in a small saucepan of boiling water and cook for seven minutes (or eight minutes if using eggs straight form the fridge). Remove eggs using a slotted spoon and refresh under cold water. Carefully peel eggs and drain on kitchen paper to remove excess liquid.
4. When the stock is ready, return to the boil. Add pork, eggs, carrots and red shallots, cover the entire surface with a round of baking paper and simmer gently for 45 minutes or until pork is tender. There should be no more than an occasional ripple breaking the surface; adjust the temperature, if necessary. To check it's ready, pierce the pork with a small knife – you should meet no resistance.
5. When the pork is just about cooked, scoop out 250 millilitres (1 cup) stock from the pork and place in a small saucepan. Add sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil and cook over medium-high heat for five minutes or until sauce is reduced by half and syrupy.
6. Using a slotted spoon, lift out the pork belly, carrots, shallots and braising aromatics from the stock pot and place on a large platter. Scoop out the eggs and cut in half.
7. Spoon the sauce over the pork and arrange the egg halves on top to serve.
8. Strain and freeze the master stock to use again.
Serves 4-6 as part of a banquet
source：SYDNEY MORNING HERALD