Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Soy Braised Pork with Eggs #FoodieExtravaganza

Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.


Many years ago when we were living in the small oilfield town of Macaé, Brazil, one of my close neighbors was a Singaporean woman named Millie. Our girls were about the same ages and we hit it off immediately over a love of cooking. Millie only had to make this dish once and I was hooked!

Sadly, I don’t think I ever got her recipe, or perhaps I misplaced it because I distinctly remember making it way back then.

Once the internet became a thing, I would occasionally search for soy sauce pork with eggs. I always thought of it as a Singaporean dish, and I really didn’t remember what Millie called it, which made it tricky to find online. None of the recipes I found seem quite right. Whether that was my faulty memory is up for debate.

I finally decided I was just going have to do a mash up of several to make what I did remember. But at least with all the research, I now know what to call it.

Braised Soy Sauce Pork with Eggs

The easiest way to slice the pork into very thin pieces is to freeze the pork loin first. Take it out to thaw and use a sharp knife to slice it as thinly as you can while it’s still quite frozen.

Ingredients
For the marinade:
4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

For the braised pork:
2 lbs or 900g pork loin
10 cloves garlic
1 thumb-sized piece ginger
1 tablespoon canola or other light oil
3 star anise
2 to 3 whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon, 3 inches in length
1 teaspoon black (or mixed) peppercorns
1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon oil
2 cups or 480ml water
6 hard-boiled eggs

Optional to thicken sauce:
2 tablespoons cornstarch

To serve:
Steamed rice
Green onion tops for garnish

Method
Use a sharp knife to cut your pork into thin slices. (See tip above the ingredients list.)



In a large bowl, mix the marinade ingredients: dark soy sauce, light soy sauce and Shaoxing wine. Pile the pork in and use your clean hands to turn the slices in the marinade until they are all well coated.



Cover the bowl with cling film and pop it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile crush and roughly chop the cloves of garlic and peel and mince the ginger. I also find it helpful to measure out the other liquid ingredients into a measuring cup or bowl so I can pour it in all at once when needed.



In a heavy based pot, heat up the cooking oil. Add the star anise, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and five-spice powder. Fry till fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the garlic and ginger and fry for a few more minutes.



Turn the heat up to high and add the marinated pork and any marinating liquid that wasn’t absorbed by the meat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.



Add dark soy, light soy and sugar.


Add 2 cups or 480ml of water. Mix well and bring to a slow boil.

Lower the heat to simmer and cover the pot. Braise for about 20 minutes. Add the eggs in and turn them to coat with the sauce. Tuck them into the pork as much as possible.



Braise, covered, for another 20 minutes more or until pork is tender. If your eggs aren't deep enough, you will want to turn then halfway through to get proper color on all sides.

If desired, you can thicken the sauce with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch thinned with a couple of tablespoons of cold water. Remove the eggs from the pot with a slotted spoon, so you don’t break them up by stirring.

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.
Add the cornstarch slurry to the pot and cook on medium high until thickened about 5 minutes.

 Pop the eggs back in. Sprinkle with chopped green onions.

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.



Serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.


Today is National Egg Day so this month our Foodie Extravaganza celebration is all about eggs. Many thanks to our host, Karen from Karen's Kitchen Stories.

Check out everyone's recipes with eggs:
Foodie Extravaganza is where we celebrate obscure food holidays by cooking and baking together with the same ingredient or theme each month. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board.


Pin this Soy Braised Pork with Eggs - Lor Bak!

Food Lust People Love: Also known as lor bak or dau yew bak, depending on the Chinese dialect, this braised soy sauce pork with eggs dish has the most delectable sauce, delightfully flavored with spices like star anise, cloves, black pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. You will be licking your plate to get the last drops.
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Monday, May 25, 2020

Pineapple Zucchini Muffins #MuffinMonday

Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination.

Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.
This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found online a few years ago for a zucchini pineapple loaf. I thought it might well work, with modifications, for muffins.

Pineapple Zucchini Muffins

Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.

Ingredients
2 cups, shredded, or 300g zucchini
10 oz or 280g crushed pineapple in juice, drained
1/2 cup or 120ml canola or other light oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups or 250g flour
1 1/2 cups or 300g sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 12-cup muffin pan by greasing it or lining it with paper muffin cups.

Whisk together the zucchini, pineapple, canola, eggs and vanilla into a large mixing bowl.


In another smaller bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just mixed.


Divide the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.


Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.


Enjoy!

Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.

Check out all the other Muffin Monday recipes we are sharing today. Many thanks to Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm for stepping in and saving me from my lack of awareness of what day it even is! I was so sure that Muffin Monday was next week!

Muffin Monday

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all of our lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.



Pin these Pineapple Zucchini Muffins!


Food Lust People Lust: Pineapple and zucchini muffins are a good blend of fruit and vegetables in delicious muffins! Lovely sweet pineapple and summer zucchini are a perfect combination. Use pineapple in unsweetened juice for this recipe. If you can only find pineapple in syrup, drain the syrup and adjust the sugar in the recipe to compensate.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Candied Meyer Lemon Almond Bundtlettes #BundtBakers

These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.

Food Lust People Love: These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.


This month my Bundt Baker friends are sharing cakes they’ve fancied up with decorations. I do believe that more is more when it comes to sprinkles but this time I decided to go a more natural route when I settled on baking a lemon almond cake.

Months ago my mom sent me a link to a recipe on David Leibovitz’s site with a request for me to please bake it for her. Of course I said yes and then completely forgot when I got back to Houston. It was well past time to pony up!

Candied Meyer Lemon Almond Bundtlettes

In order to un-complicate this recipe, I have posted the instructions for the candied Meyer lemon slices here: https://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/2020/05/candied-lemon-slices.html
They are super easy to make and turn out so pretty, perfect for decorating these little bundtlettes.

Ingredients
5 1/2 tablespoons (50g) all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
7 ounces (200g) unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups (125g) almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (200g) sugar
zest of 1 large lemon
3 large eggs, at room temperature
juice of 1 large lemon (about 2 tablespoons), divided

To decorate:
candied lemon slices

Optional to brush on:
lemon syrup

Method 
Preheat the oven to 350ºF or 180ºC) and prepare your bundtlette pan by buttering it liberally then coating it with flour. Mine is called 65th anniversary Bundtlette and has a capacity of 5 cups.

In a small bowl, whisk together the almond flour, all-purpose flour, and salt.



In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar, and lemon zest to release the oils from the zest.

Add in the butter and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium-high speed.



On low speed, beat in the eggs one at a time, then the juice from half a lemon, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the mixer bowl after the addition of each egg.



Stir in the flour mixture until completely incorporated, then scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan. Smooth the top.



Bake the bundtlettes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes.



Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes before loosening the edges and middle with a toothpick and turning them out onto a wire rack to cool.



Brush with lemon syrup from the candied Meyer lemon slices.

Food Lust People Love: These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.


 Top each with a candied lemon slice.

Food Lust People Love: These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.


Enjoy!

Check out the other "dressed up" Bundts we are sharing today. Many thanks to our host, Sandra from Sweet Sensations.

BundtBakers

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all of our lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers can be found on our home page.

Pin these Candied Meyer Lemon Almond Bundtlettes!

Food Lust People Love: These candied meyer lemon almond bundtlettes have the most wonderful lemon and almond flavor with a rich tender crumb. They bake up with a lovely golden exterior that I brush with lemon syrup for even more moisture and lemony flavor.
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