Pork shoulder braised in black vinegar & rice wine with pickled chillies
- Preparation and cooking time
- plus at least 1 hr marinating
- Serves 6
Chinese black vinegar adds a malty, smoky flavour to this dinner party pork dish, slow-cooked in a ginger and oyster sauce until it melts in the mouth
- 1 ½kg pork shoulder , cut into 4cm/11/2in pieces
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 200ml Shaohsing rice wine (or dry Sherry)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves , thinly sliced
- 5cm/2in piece ginger , peeled and julienned
- 50g light brown soft sugar
- 3 tbsp oyster sauce
- 125ml Chinese black vinegar (see tip)
- 500ml vegetable stock
For the pickled chillies
- STEP 1
Put the pork in a bowl and add 1 tbsp each of the soy sauce and rice wine. Toss to combine, then cover and chill for 1 hr, or overnight if time permits.
- STEP 2
To make the pickled chillies, put the chilli, shallot and rice vinegar in a small bowl with a big pinch of salt, and let stand for 1 hr or more.
- STEP 3
Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy- based saucepan over a medium heat, add the garlic and ginger, and sauté for 2-3 mins or until golden. Add the pork and all the remaining ingredients, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 mins. Remove the lid from the pan to allow the liquid to reduce, and cook for a further 45 mins or until the meat falls apart.
- STEP 4
Serve scattered with the sesame seeds and spring onions, with steamed rice and the pickled chillies on the side.
CHINESE BLACK VINEGAR
Chinese black vinegar (chinkiang) has a malty, smoky flavour. It's available from Waitrose and Asian food shops. Use balsamic vinegar instead, if you prefer.