Pig’s Trotters in Ginger and Sweetened Vinegar
Pig’s Trotters in Ginger and Sweetened Vinegar , also known as Pig’s Feet With Sweet Vinegar and Ginger, is a traditional Chinese dish. It belongs to Cantonese cuisine. It is the most distinctive nourishing food for women. It is also suitable for men or the elderly who are chronically ill and physically weak.
This traditional Chinese dish conveys a mystical message even in Chinese community, as it’s often cooked for women post-labour. In fact, it’s a dish that everyone, including men, can enjoy, and needless to have a fear of embarrassment. Many Chinese yumcha restaurants offer this dish with a very pricey tag. The pig’s trotters (aka pork knuckles) are so moist, tender and succulent after the slow cooking in the tasty sweetened black vinegar. The natural collagen of pig’s trotters is very good for our health too. Both of my daughter and hubby especially like the hard boiled eggs that soaked in the tasty sauce. They can finish one after another. What I have to do is to make sure they don’t over eat.
How to make Pig’s Trotters in Ginger and Sweetened Vinegar
Day 1: Wash ginger after peeling
Cut in half vertically, then pat with a knife
Add salt and marinate for 30 minutes, then rinse with water
After 30 minutes of steaming on high fire, use a cloth or kitchen paper to absorb the moisture
From the pot, add diced sweet vinegar and ginger
Bring to a boil on high heat, turn to low heat and cook for 2 hours. Turn off the heat, soak the ginger in the vinegar overnight
Day 2: Dehairing pig’s trotter, washing and cutting
From the pot, pour an appropriate amount of water to boil, add the trotters and blanch for 3 minutes, remove and wash
Put an appropriate amount of water in another pot and put in the trotters
After the high heat is boiled, simmer for 45 minutes on low heat, turn off the heat and bake for 45 minutes; rinse the trotters with water until they are completely cooled, and drain the water
Put the pig’s trotters in a ginger vinegar pot, cover and boil, turn to low heat and simmer for 45 minutes, let cool and set aside
Fill the pot with a proper amount of water and put in the eggs at room temperature
After the fire is boiled, start timing when the water is boiling, turn off the fire after 3 and a half minutes, and immediately take out the egg
Rinse the eggs with water to cool, then peel them for later use
Put the eggs in cold ginger vinegar and soak overnight
Day 3: Take out the trotters and eggs and store them in another container
Boil the ginger vinegar
When eating, use another pot, use a little ginger vinegar to boil the trotters and ginger to be eaten, and then put the eggs in the hot vinegar to soak warmly and enjoy
Sweet and sour and delicious candy heart eggs
Warm away the cold and warm the stomach, beautify and nourish the skin ~ pig’s feet and ginger vinegar
Tips for Pig’s Trotters in Ginger and Sweetened Vinegar
1. Make sure the vinegar cover all the ingredients, so get a clay pot or casserole in the right size.
2.The traditional way of making this confinement dish for women is to use old ginger. That said, old ginger is good for helping women to expel wind from abdomen and get speedy recovery from giving birth. However, the woody, fiberous texture of old ginger is quite tough, not an enjoyment to eat for some people. Thus, if you don’t cook it as a confinement dish, just like me, use young ginger. You’ll enjoy the less hot taste and tender texture of young ginger more.