Friday, February 7, 2014

Braised Pig Trotter with Sea Cucumber/海参焖猪脚

Mom wanted to eat healthier this year and reduce some meat dishes during this Chinese new year. When she conveyed her plan to my dad, the only thing my dad told her was that you can take out any dish but THIS -- the traditional Braised Pig Trotter with Sea Cucumber! Despite the price of sea cucumber sky rocketing like crazy in the past years, the Hokkien are still adamant about having this dish for their reunion dinner. So mom ended up cooking about 1 kg of sea cucumber and everybody licked the plate (well, ok, bowl) clean!!

This recipe has been in the family for generations and the first time I tried cooking was couple of years back under mom's supervision. Since I discovered frozen sea cucumber in Bj's couple of months back, I have been meaning to prepare this dish for some times.

And there is this little thing,hubby secretly ordered a set of LC (Le creuset) cookware lafter hearing me mumbled about I was the only one in my friend's circle that has no LC pot! The set reached last week just in time for Chinese new year!

So I can't wait to cook my favorite dish in my favorite pot for my favorite people! LOL

Ingredients: (For 4)
1 Pig trotter(Cut into pieces, washed, and blanch)
1 lb of Sea cucumber (Remove the inner part and clean thoroughly)
1 piece of ginger root Sliced
1 Spring onion/Scallion
1 head of garlic
1 cup of Chinese Cooking wine/Sao Xing Wine
1 tbsp Dark Soy sauce
2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
1 tsp of Rock sugar
Salt to taste

1. Blanch the pig trotter pieces, wash, drain and leave it aside while you clean up the sea cucumber. Thaw and halved the sea cucumber, use a teaspoon to scratch away the dirty inner part, wash until it is clean, slice it into 2-3 inches in width.

2. In a cooking wok/pot, add about 1 tsp of sesame oil or cooing oil, add the ginger and cook until fragrant,add the sea cucumber pieces and 2 tsp of cooking wine, cook for about 2-3 minutes, dish out and set aside.

3. In the same wok, add another tsp of oil, add the pig trotter pieces and whole garlic (remove only the thin layer that cover the whole head, do not need to break or remove the individual garlic cloves and its skin). Keep stirring and cooking the pig trotter until the skin is slightly browned. Transfer it to a deep pot (Here my 3 qt LC pot), add the remaining cooking wine, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, rock sugar, spring onion and 5 cups of water.

3. Bring to boil and turn the heat to medium low to braise the trotter for 1 1/2 hours. Add the sea cucumber after that and continue to coo for another 1/2 an hour. Taste it and see if extra salt is needed, Add about 2 tbsp of cooking wine before turning off the stove if you wish, it enhances the smell and taste.


  1. I like ur lc pot
    My dream toy
    Don't know when I can have it

  2. 这边的lc都不便宜

  3. 马币1000+
    小小的像muffin cup size

  4. 一千多不贵啊,我这个都要300美元了,所以马来西亚也没有贵很多啊!

    1. 我忘了真实是多少钱
      Kitchwn aid stand mixer一点也不便宜

  5. Still cheaper than malaysia
    Here need 2799 the cheaper
    Kenwood also 2000+

    1. 我其实有点后悔买了professional,有点大,artisan的就够用了。其实。