Good evening, dear friends 😀
This is a really popular Hokkien dish known as “Tau Yew Bak” and is a typical homestyle cooking that is simple in ingredients and recipe, but very appealing to our tastebuds. I had learned this from my Hokkien mother-in-law as I am not a Hokkien myself, but a Hakka! Later, I will give you my recipe for “Hakka Char Yoke”, a typical Hakka dish. 😉
After a period of having Chinese New Year festive dishes, it is good to “come back down to earth” and partake in these simple, country style homecooked food. 😆
Ingredients (serves 6) –
1 kg pork belly with skin, cut into 1-inch lengths
5 tbsps of soy sauce
5 tbsps of premium soy sauce (Lee Kum Kee Select Soy Sauce is good, this type of soy sauce is less salty and more aromatic. If not available in your area, then use 10 tbsps of the same kind of soy sauce)
5 tbsps dark soy sauce
1/2 cup rock sugar (this is gives a mellow sweetness to the sauce and somehow less sweet than normal sugar. But if this is not available, then use 3 tbsps of sugar)
2 whole bulbs of garlic
6 hard boiled eggs, shells removed
Cornstarch-water mixture for thickening sauce
1) Marinate the pork chunks with soy sauce, thick soy sauce and rock sugar for at least 1 hour. If you don’t have the time to wait for the marinating, then simply massage the pork with the marinade for at least 5 minutes. Then the flavours would be well infused into the meat. 😉
2) Heat up a heavy pot. No oil is required.
3) Pour the pork and marinade into the pot, hear the sizzle and keep stirring the pork to prevent burning.
4) Put in the whole garlic.
5) Stir until the liquid is almost reduced and the pork is aromatic.
6) Add enough hot water to just cover the pork and garlic.
7) Bring to a boil, lower heat to small and simmer with the pot covered for about 30 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent burning and to ensure even cooking.
8 ) Put in the hard boiled eggs. Stir gently more frequently to coat the eggs with the sauce as by now, the sauce would be reduced. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Add a little more water if the sauce dries up too much.
9) Check the taste and adjust accordingly with more soy sauce or salt. Thicken with cornstarch-water as necessary.
Serve hot with white rice or with steamed “Man Tous” (white buns). Be sure to cook more rice because whenever I serve this dish, my husband and sons would have double the servings of rice that they normally have! 😆
Hope you like this simple recipe. Bon Appetit! 😀
P.S. For those that would like to try this recipe but prefers a healthier version, you can use chicken pieces or leaner pork.