Shinae Robinson is a cook that I’ve friended on Facebook for maybe over a year. She makes wonderful Vietnamese/Korean/Asian/American food. I constantly salivate when I visit her page. So why didn’t I know she had a blog? Duh. I really don’t know.
Whatever, I know now and am “poaching” yet another of her recipes. Originally she made this pork dish on the stove top http://ridiculoushungry.blogspot.de/2011/06/short-little-vietnamese-ladies-their.html but also suggested mixing all the ingredients in a tajine, putting the top on and letting it cook. I was good with that and it worked for me. As Shinae promised, the pork belly skin was fork tender.
I had a cute little 1 kilo pork belly from Fresh Paradise.
This mixture smelled so good! Thank you Shinae!
Once I start doing one Asian inspired dish, it seems that I’m off and running. I did have some young, fresh okra in the refrigerator and a wicked, yellow chilli!
The Bangladeshis call okra lady fingers. Isn’t that charming? :)
I did have some quail eggs that I hard boiled and tossed with a couple of tablespoons of sambal oelek. They were quite good, pretty and spicy!
Shinae’s Tajine Caramelized Pork Belly with Lady Fingers
2 -2 1/2 lb pork belly, cut into chunks
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1 small onion, sliced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup fish sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 cup of water
Mix all ingredients together and let sit for an hour or so. Place the mixture into a tajine, cover, then cook in a 350 F oven for an hour. Remove, stir, then continue to cook for another 30 minutes. Take out of the oven, stir, then replace in the oven, uncovered, for 15 minutes at 400 F.
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 inch ginger, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp peanut oil
1/2 – 3/4 lb of young, fresh okra, thinly sliced diagonally
1 yellow chilli, seeded and thinly sliced
Mix the soy sauce and sugar together and set aside. Cook the ginger and garlic in the oil until they begin to brown. Add the okra and chilli, then saute for 1 minute. Add the soy sauce mixture and saute for 2 minutes.