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Braised Pork Leg in Dark Soy Sauce


This dish pairs very well with my Peppery Bak Kut Teh. Traditionally, people would order braised pork trotter to go along side with their bak kut teh. However, the husband and I aren’t fans of the ‘collagen’ rich pork trotters. We find it a little too fatty for our liking, and the ‘good’ stuff like the skin and fats usually go to waste when we order it outside. I recreated the dish based on how it tasted it, and have been using this recipe for years. I also prefer to use lean cut of pork leg which may need a little longer braising time for the meat to get tender. But definitely worth the wait!

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

  • 500g lean pork leg, cut into 1.5 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce*
  • 1 tbsp kicap manis*
  • 3/4 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder*
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 inches thumb old ginger, cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
I used a rather small heavy bottom stainless steel pot. 
If you are using a wider/larger base pot, please check that sauce frequently to make sure it’s not evaporated and burned. 
Marinade pork in ingredients marked *.
Heat pan on med high and add canola oil.
Pan fry garlic and onion, browning it a little.
Add the pork (without the marinade/sauce) and quickly sear it.
Add 1 cup of water into the marinade/sauce, then pour it into the pot.
Stir in 1.5 tsp of sugar.
Bring to boil, lower heat to simmer.
Cover and let it simmer for about an hour. 
Checking and stirring every 15 mins to make sure that the sauce has not fully evaporated.
If you are using a wider base pot, you may have to add water, then continue to let it reduce until pork is tender and sauce has been reduced and slightly thickened. About half. 
Serve over white rice with Peppery Bak Kut Teh.
Bon appetit!!

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  • Reply
    4 February, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Shar, this look really good… all lean meat and no fat, I love it. :))

    Best regards.

  • Reply
    Little Prince
    2 May, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Hi, are we to marinate pork with *items or pour into pot to boil?

  • Reply
    3 May, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Hi there, you do both. First, marinade the pork. Then you will need to sear the pork without the marinade sauce, but reserve the marinade. Then add water to the marinade and pour it into pot to braise pork.

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