Braised Pork Belly (红烧肉)

Judging from the picture above, I wouldn’t have to say much. Each chunk of meat is coated with the sticky sweet and salty sauce. Tender and juicy in every bite that goes perfectly well with your steamed rice. So be prepared to ditch your diet for today because you will definitely go for another serving of rice =). Here is my version that I would like to share with you.

Ingredients

  • 10g sliced ginger
  • 1 pc star anise
  • 2 pcs bay leaf
  • 10g spring onion (green part)
  • 70g-80g rock sugar
  • 10g minced garlic
  • 100g Chinese wine
  • water
  • 50g light soy sauce
  • 20g dark soy sauce
  • 1 kg pork belly (sliced into chunks )

Note : I use dutch oven to cook this one. Dutch oven retains heat better, resulting in faster cooking time.

Method

  • Turn on the fire at high heat to heat up your dutch oven, add in the rock sugar to melt; wait for it to caramelise. As it is starting to turn light brown, turn down the heat to medium high. Add in the meat, let each meat coat some of the caramel. Continue to stir fry all the sides of the meat until it is light brown. Now deglaze the dutch oven by pouring in the Chinese wine. This is will remove the brown bits that would add extra flavour to your dish.
  • Add in the ginger, star anise, bay leaf and spring onion. sauté for a couple of seconds then add in the water. The water should be enough to cover your meat . I added 1-liter of water to mine.
  • Add in the light soy sauce and dark soy sauce. Let it come to boil
  • Cover and turn down to the lowest heat. I prefer to use my smallest burner and turn down the heat at low to let it simmer for about 45 minutes or until the meat soften. Add some water if the water dries up and the meat is still not tender.
  • Turn up the heat to high to reduce the sauce. As the sauce reduce, it will thicken up.
  • Serve it with steam rice

Single Proofed Cream Cheese Condense Milk Loaf With Cranberries

This is another recipe that will result in a fluffy and soft loaf. Definitely a keeper. The condense milk and cream cheese just melted into the bread, giving it extra moist and flavour that is just perfect for any type of sandwiches. I prefer to use my smoked ham with cheese and mayo. hmmm. Delicious! =).

Ingredients

  • 300g bread flour
  • 3g instant active yeast
  • 10g sugar
  • 50g condense milk
  • 30g well beaten egg
  • 170g full cream milk 
  • 20g butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 3g salt

Filling

  • 50g cream cheese (I use the spreadable type, President Brand)
  • 25g condense milk
  • 80g dried cranberries (presoaked in hot water for 20 minutes to hydrate and soften, drained)

Other

Non- Stick Bread loaf Pan (19.5×10.3×11.3cm)

Method

  • Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius
  • Mix the filling together except the cranberries. Set Aside.
  • Mix all the wet ingredients together (condense milk, full cream milk, beaten egg) then set aside
  • Add all bread flour, yeast, and sugar into the mixer followed by the wet ingredients
  • Use the J hook to knead the dough at low speed. Knead until dough is formed
  • Add in the butter and knead for about 2 minutes at speed 2 ( low speed)
  • Add in the salt and continue to knead at speed 2. Knead until you reach window pane stage. This will take for about 15-17 minutes depending on your machine. I am using Kenwood ChefXL titanium. The window pane stage is essential.
  • Rest the dough for 15 minutes
  • Roll the dough to rectangular shape, about 18x30cm
  • Spread the filling, leaving about 2.5cm top and bottom with no filling.
  • Use a knife or pizza cutter to make slits on the dough, leaving about 2.5 cm top and bottom uncut. Refer to image below
  • Sprinkle all the cranberries on the filling
  • Roll the dough tightly like a swissroll
  • Place it into the tin pan, as shown on the image below
  • Cover and let it rise till about the rim of the bread tin. This will take about an hour and half or two. Depending on the weather humidity and temperature.
  • Brush with egg wash (1 beaten egg + 1 tbs water)
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. Tent the top of the bread with foil after 15 minutes to prevent it from getting too dark. 
  • Remove from the bread box and let it cool down on the wire rack. Brush the top with melted butter. Brushing it with melted butter will result in a soft crust. Let it completely cool down for about an hour and half to 2 hours before slicing.