Pork Hamonado – The Real Deal
So you think one can’t cook a decent meal when barely coping with deadline overload? Do it my way then. For once let’s forget the quickies a.k.a. stir-fry recipes and go for leisurely cooking while working… like pork hamonado. The name may intimidate but the process is so simple you can never go wrong. It’s basically braised pork cooked over low fire. The best part is that with slow-cooking, you still spend the same precious hours doing whatever you need to do. The only time you’d say “oops, I forgot I was cooking” is when you smell the delicious aroma of pork (hopefully not burnt meat hehehe) from the kitchen. And when work is done and time to eat… ahh so sinfully delicious but perhaps it’s even more sinfully insane not to indulge.
For this post… allow me to let the photos do the talking…
- A slab of pork with fat
- Crushed garlic
- ½ cup of soy sauce
- 1 cup of fruit cocktail syrup
- A dash of salt (optional)
- 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
- Spring onion, cut into small ringlets for garnishing (optional)
- Drop pork slab into a large saucepan with just enough boiling water to cover and simmer.
- Skim the surface until the broth is clear.
- Simmer for an hour then pour in soy sauce, fruit syrup and all the other ingredients.
- Simmer with lid closed over low fire, turning the meat from time to time, for hours or until the rind quite literally melts in your mouth.
- Leave little sauce to moist the meat. Slice and serve with rice and blanched vegetables.
Below is what happened with the canned fruit cocktail I served after the meal. Recipe here.