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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thịt Kho Tàu / Caramelized Pork and Eggs

Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Thịt Kho Tàu - Caramelized Pork and Eggs

Kitchen Equipment used in this Video

Induction Cooker: 
Cooking gloves:
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Estimated Servings: 4-5

Marinate the pork

2 pounds pork shoulder, cubed into 2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced red onions

1. In a large bowl, add the ingredients listed above, mix it up, and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
2. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Assemble the dish

1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped red onions
2 cups water
¼ cup chopped green onions

1. Turn your stove on medium high heat and pour oil into a large pot.
2. When oil is hot, add in the ginger, garlic, and onion stir frying them until fragrant.
3. Add the marinated pork coating it with the ginger, garlic and onion browning the pork on all sides.
4. Pour in coco soda, water and add the eggs making sure to submerge them in the liquid distributing them evenly throughout the pot. Then turn the stove down to medium low, and allow to simmer while you make the caramel.
5. To make the caramel pour a small ladle of the liquid from the pork and eggs in a small pot. Add in the sugar and turn stove on medium. Continuously stir the sugar in the liquid until it turns into a golden-brown caramel. Pour the caramel into the pot of pork and eggs.
6. When the pork and eggs comes to a boil, skim the foam off the top of the liquid, turn stove down to low, cover the pot with a lid, and braise the pork and eggs for about 45 minutes or until the pork is tender. Make sure to taste and adjust seasoning if needed. For a darker color and saltier flavor, dark soy sauce can be added.
7. Turn off the heat and pour in green onions reserving a small amount for garnish.
8. Plate the pork and eggs on a serving plate making sure to pour the sauce on top and sprinkle chopped green onions on top. Serve with steamed rice and pickled mustard greens.


How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs that are Easy to Peel

Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Servings: 8 boiled eggs

2 cups water

1. In a small pot, bring water to a boil and carefully and gently add in the eggs.
2. Cover pot with a lid and steam the eggs for 10 minutes on high heat.
3. Turn off the heat and use a spoon to carefully place the eggs in large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
4. Tap all sides of the egg and roll them between your hands and the shell will easily come apart from the egg.


How to Cook White Rice in a Rice Cooker

Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Steamed Rice

Kitchen Equipment used in this Video

Rice cooker:

Estimated Servings: 4-5

3 cups water

1. Pour rice into rice cooker pot and rinse rice until water runs clear.
2. Pour water into rice pot and dry the bottom of rice pot with kitchen towel.
3. Place in rice cooker, close the lid and set it to cook for 15-20 minutes or according the “white rice” cooking function.
4. Fluff rice with rice paddle before serving.


Dưa Cải Chua / Pickled Mustard Greens

Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Pickled Mustard Greens (Dưa Cải Chua)

Kitchen Equipment used in this Video

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Estimated servings: 2 quarts


2 pounds mustard greens
1 large yellow onion
4 quarts water
  1. Cut the ends off the mustard green bunch separating the leaves, remove all the yellow and bruise parts and wash them thoroughly to remove all the dirt.
  2. Shake off the water, lay them on large trays lined with kitchen towels to and allow them to dry and wilt overnight on the kitchen counter.
  3. Sterilize a large jar by pouring in hot water to wash it and allow it to stand upside down on a kitchen towel to dry completely.
  4. To make the brine, bring water to a boil and remove from the heat. Add salt, sugar and vinegar to hot water and whisk until sugar and salt completely dissolves. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Cut the mustard greens into 2-inch pieces and place into a large bowl.
  6. Slice onions into thin slices, separate them and add them to the bowl of mustard greens mixing them together to combine.
  7. Pour the brine into a pitcher or measuring cup. Add the mustard greens and onions into the sterilized jar spreading them out and packing them down gently. Pour the brine in the jar and add a small bowl or plastic bag filled with water to submerge the mustard greens.
  8. Leave the container in a warm place (by a window, or in oven with the oven light on) to pickle. Taste a piece every 24 hours until it gets sour enough for your taste. I like to eat this after 5 days of pickling. Transfer to the refrigerator to stop pickling process. This will last for about 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.