How are everyone coping with the current situation ? Hope it has still been well despite the stringent stay-home measures currently. Just a little ranting before proceeding on to the recipe. Had intended year 2020 to be a new milestone for me, it being a new decade, a new age and a hopefully kinda new and different lifestyle. But sadly this has to be taken a drawback because of the current viral situation. Nevertheless, the plans have still been on my mind for the longest time ever. The question is when ? Before you start all the wild guessing, let me just clarify in a bit. Sabbatical is the magic word.
For those who have ever been on a sabbatical, going to take one or is somewhat liked me contemplating on one, could you share with me your thoughts about it, on a private note of course ? Drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take on from there.
Moving on next is our star of this post, being the Chinese Style Braised Pork Belly and this time cooked vis the pressure cooking function with my new toy, the Ninja Foodi ! Am sure some of you whom are based outside of Asia would be pretty familiar with the the Ninja Kitchen brand since it originates and is an established and renowned household brand in USA.
Ninja Foodi is a versatile 2-in-1 kitchen appliance that comprises of a Pressure Cooker cum Air Fryer in one. And because of this unique feature, you literally only need one of this appliance and that will save you 50% of your kitchen countertop space. And since most of us have had to cope up with the one month and upcoming two-months long of stay-home period, it’s also an excellent time to ignite the little MasterChef in you and start whipping up a storm in the kitchen. With that, an awesome assistant liked Ninja Foodi would definitely be of great help !
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Well this is non affiliate marketing nor am I in anyway receiving commission for the said deal. So am just sharing something worthy. With that said, I tried out the Pressure function and cooked up a tenderly soft braised pork belly in 30 minutes and serve it upon a spread of braised peanuts, eggs and salted vegetables for a local hawker style of Kway Chap. The word Kway refers to the broad rice noodles that is used to serve alongside this dish whilst Chap typically meant the soya based sauce used to cook the dish.
Chinese Style Braised Pork Belly using Ninja FoodiCourse: MainCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy
250g pork belly, blanched in boiling water and rinse with tap water before cooking
3-4 sprigs of spring onion, white parts only
1 tbsp shallot oil
2 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp light soya sauce
1.5 tbsp dark soya sauce
2 tbsp rock sugar
A little five spice powder
Approx. 700ml water (or enough to cover pork belly entirely)
- Spices Pack (you can get one of these pack from ShengShiong supermarket)
1 cinnamon stick
Some cardamon seeds
2-3 star anise
- Served with :
Braised egg, peanuts, salted vegetables
- Blanch pork belly in boiling water and rinse with tap water. This helps to get rid of excess oils and impurities before cooking.
- Use sear/saute mode on Ninja Foodi, add oil to pot and saute garlic and white parts of spring onion till fragrant.
- Add in blanched pork belly and cook on both side briefly before adding water.
- Add in light and dark soya sauces, five spice powder, all the spices and rock sugar.
- Turn the valve on Ninja Foodi to Seal and Pressure cook on High for 30 mins.
- Use a cloth to cover the valve before releasing pressure when time’s up.
- Use chopstick to check tenderness of pork belly. If it pass through easily, then the pork belly is cooked till tender.
- Add in hard boiled eggs and keep warm for another 10-15 minutes to braise the eggs before serve.