Pork and Potato Stew (馬鈴薯燉肉) Recipe
When people think comfort food, most people think British, French, Irish…etc, and hardly anyone thinks Asian.
When I sat down and thought about how best to put this dish in words, comfort food came to mind immediately. This is totally Asian-style comfort food. You’ve got your typical comfort food components: some hearty meat and potatoes, but you also have Asian ingredients such as soy sauce, mirin, and rice wine.
The meat is tender from being braised for a good hour; the potatoes are perfectly soft and easily crumble when you bite into them; and the broth has just the right amount of flavour to be drank as soup or mixed with rice or noodles.
Make a pot of this for a casual weekend and cozy up next to a fireplace with your family. Then for dessert? How about a Chinese dessert of Sweet Peanut Dumplings with Ginger Syrup (薑汁糖水花生湯圓)!
By the way, Mr. H and I celebrated our 10-year (dating) anniversary over the weekend in Victoria, BC. I had promised to reveal the surprise I prepared for him last week so here it is!
I prepared 10 gifts and a card, small things like a $5 starbucks card, a cup noodle, some sparklers, a PS3 game, camera accessories…etc and gave them to him throughout the day. It was an idea I came across on pinterest called “presents on the hour” from 30 Hand Made Days! The card I got from Lemon Drop Papers on Etsy, who makes really pretty cards. The one I bought had 9 mini-envelopes on the front so in each I wrote a little line of things like “for 10 years of playing like children”, corresponding to each of the gifts, in this case the PS3 game. I had Mr. H. open them one by one whenever it was time for another gift! It was a lot of fun and made the whole day exciting for us!
Adapted from 600道人氣家常菜聖經
Tender and flavorful pork, a true Chinese comfort food recipe.
- 2 tsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Cornstarch
- 1 tbsp Water, or more as necessary
- 300g Pork Belly, cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 100g Onion, roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 3 tbsp Mirin
- 2 tbsp Rice Wine
- 650ml Water
- 350g Russet Potato, peeled, roughly chopped
- Mix ingredients for marinade together, stir in pork and marinate for at least 5-10 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat and cook onion for 2 minutes, remove and set aside.
- Add pork belly and cook until browned on all sides. Add soy sauce, salt, mirin and rice wine and stir to mix well.
- Add water and bring to a boil, cover pot and reduce to low heat, allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add onion and potato and cover pot, braise on low heat for another 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes, uncovered, until reduced to desired taste.
This recipe is gluten-free if you use gluten-free soy sauce.