Last Wednesday was Karen's 14th day in confinement .I was yearning for my own cooking of 'Black Vinegar Trotter', so I decided to take the opportunity to cook some for her and remove the guilt of eating trotter. Slurppp!
I learn how to cook this from my confinement lady way back in 1986 .That was the first time I tasted Black Vinegar Trotter too. I am Hokkien and this confinement lady was Hakka. Black Vinegar Trotter is a Hakka dish.
She told me that the trotter is supposed to make post-natal mom lactate more and true enough, I did experience an increase in milk production. Black Vinegar purifies blood and cleanses the arteries of stale blood while Old ginger drives out the wind in the body.
I admit I did not like the strong vinegar taste the first time I had it, but because it was good for me I consumed it.......and was missing it the second time I had it!
Black Vinegar Trotter
1 pig trotter
1 bottle sweeten black vinegar
1 bottle unsweetened black vinegar
400g ginger - baked over open fire , remove skin and wash
2-3 tablespoons sesame oil
1. Clean & remove hair from the pig's trotters. Cut into serving pieces and blench in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove and drain
2. Heat Sesame Seed Oil. Fry ginger until fragrant and put in the blenched pig trotters and stir-fried well for 5 minutes.
3. Add vinegar, about 1/2 bottle of each sweeten and unsweetened black vinegar. More of the sweeten if you like a sweeter taste. Make sure the black vinegar just cover the pig's trotter as they will shrink when cooked. Bring to a boil and leave to simmer for about 1 -2 hours or until pig trotters become soft and tender.
Not a very difficult dish to make and the taste is very much a matter of individual. Some like it sour , some like it sweet , some like it with strong gingery aroma. Some like the trotter soft and tender, some like them tender but firm. But in which ever way you choose to prepare it, I am sure it will turn out great !
I sent my whole pot of love to Karen and her in-laws ....... saved a small bowl for myself. I loved it!! And am thinking of it now . No feed back from there! Wonder if it was to their liking.
Anyway, will make a new pot soon ! This time for ...........anyone ???......MYSELF!
10 months ago