chinese soup

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic/Ginger Broth

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Usually  we use this cut of the animal to make Osso Buco (originally done with veal shanks), but I love me a hearty soup more than anything else, so I decided to prepare this dish with some pork shanks my friend Curtis dropped off last time he came to visit. Great, simple dinner, bursting with flavor and texture 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Pork Shank's & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

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Pork Shank's & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

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Preparation :
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simmer pork shank's in stock seasoned with star anis, cinnamon, garlic paste, black pepper, salt and grated ginger until tender but NOT falling apart

simmer pork shank’s in stock seasoned with star anis, cinnamon, garlic paste, black pepper, salt and grated ginger until tender but NOT falling apart

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meanwhile, blanch green beans and cook lai fen pasta (rice flour bucatini)

meanwhile, blanch green beans and cook lai fen pasta (rice flour bucatini)

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add beans to soup

add beans to soup

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add diced peppers, onions and lap cheong (chinese sausage), check/adjust seasoning

add diced peppers, onions and lap cheong (chinese sausage), simmer two more minutes, check/adjust seasoning

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add lai fen to serving bowl

add lai fen to serving bowl

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to serve, top noodles  with meat, vegetables and broth, sprinkle with chopped cilantro

to serve, top noodles with meat, vegetables and broth, sprinkle with chopped cilantro

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Pork Shank's & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

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Pork Shank's & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

Pork Shank’s & Lai Fen In Garlic Ginger Broth

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Pork And Spinach Dumplings With Bok Choy And Straw Mushrooms In Chili Broth

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I used  to go through the trouble of making my own dumpling wrappers and steamed bun dough for my Asian dishes. A few weeks ago I had dinner at my neighborhood Chinese restaurant and I asked the owner if he would be willing to sell me some of the fresh wrappers for Jiaozi (steamed or boiled dumplings) and Baozi (steamed buns). To my big surprise, he agreed! Since then, I usually go at least once a week and get me some fresh wrappers for the days meal. Why not get them fresh, good quality, cheap and ready made if you can. However, I still like to make my own fillings, somehow I prefer to know exactly what’s in them 🙂
The filling for the boiled dumplings I prepared today consisted of the following:
Ground pork, chopped blanched spinach, whisked egg white, chopped water chestnuts (for crunch), salt, cayenne, sesame oil. Putt about one teaspoon of filling onto each wrapper, moist edge with water, fold over and squeeze the edges shut. Add to salted boiling water, reduce to simmer and cook until done. drain and add to soup or eat plain with a dipping sauce.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Pork And Spinach Dumplings With Bok Choy And Straw Mushroom In Chili Broth

Pork And Spinach Dumplings With Bok Choy And Straw Mushroom In Chili Broth

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