As my departure date is near (don’t know what I am talking about, click here), what I think I will miss the most, other than my hubby, of course, is my kitchen. I have a small kitchen in San Francisco, and it serves me well. Most days, I am happy testing the recipes, burning the cake, and taking the photographs in it. Even my hubby has a limited excess to it. (oh, my poor hubby) Most days, if you are my neighbours, you might hear the music and smell some aroma from my kitchen, which I don’t think it’s a bad thing (or is it?) hahaha But I can’t and won’t cook anything in Thailand because I am not comfortable with my parents’ kitchen; it’s just not my domain, and I feel awkward in it. Is that the same for you guys, too, or I am alone in this? 😛 Despite all that, I am determined to eat A LOT of authentic Thai food, A LOT of my mom’s cooking, and A LOT of Thai dessert. Oh boy, I might need to buy a new pair of jeans over there…wha..ha..ha
Anyway, this Thai street food is one of those dishes that great by itself, but so much better with dipping sauce. We, Thais, usually eat them with rice for lunch. As it turned out, it was not difficult to make at all; I really hope you give it a try because it’s so easy & so good. So I post this recipe to welcome my trip to Thailand. By the time I post the next one, I will already be in Thailand…. “come with me” ?
crispy fried pork belly with dipping sauce
- 2 lbs pork belly
- 2 tablespoon sea salt
- canola oil to deep-fry
Boil the water in a pot over highest heat, add salt. Gradually drop pork belly in the pot, skin-side down; boiling water needs to cover the pork belly. Cover with lid & let it boil for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F.
Immediately after you take the pork belly out of the pot, prick the skin-side with fork. Place the pork on a baking tray and roast for 1 hour. While waiting, make a dipping sauce.
Cut the pork belly as the size you prefer. Deep-fry each piece in the hot oil for 2-4 minutes, drain on paper towel, and serve immediately with dipping sauce.
- 2 tbs. thick say sauce
- 1 tbs. sweet sauce (if you can’t find it, regular soy sauce is ok.)
- 2-3 chilies
- 2 tbs. white vinegar
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- a small handful of micro green (option)
- juice from 1 lemon, fresh squeezed
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Blend everything in the food processor
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