Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Barbi Pongteh-Compliments of Lil'al

My dearest cousin currently residing in London, also has a special knack for cooking! Maybe its a special "instinct" that runs in the family! Because of my huge weakness for Peranakan food, I have since constantly bugged several people whose grandmother is Peranakan if i can bribe them for a meal OR at least a recipe.

Well, here is her contribution to a Peranakan dish called Barbi Pongteh.

Note: this is a simplified version but it taste almost as close to what you might taste find in any Joo Chiat restaurant.


600g of Pork (preferbly the belly cut as its better for stewing)
3 big shallots
1 tablespoon of garlic
1 tablespoon of tau cheo (fermented yellow beans)
bamboo shootshalf
a cinamon stick (less for those who cant take the taste)
1 tablespoon dark soy
2 tablespoon sugarsalt to taste
white pepper to taste (as you desire)
water (i arga arga one)


Minced the shallot, garlic and tau cheo into a pulp then sautee them together until fragrant. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.
Once done, simmer under low heat till pork is tender.
Approximately, 1 & half hours. (just poke the meat to see la)
The trick to this dish is actually the keeping it overnight as it allows the flavor to envelope further.
Garnish with Chilli or Coriander.

P/s: I will try this recipe out and post up a pic soon!


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