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Pig’s Trotters in Ginger and Sweetened Vinegar

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.

Ingredients for Pig’s Trotters in Ginger and Sweetened Vinegar

Sweet vinegar 2500ml Ginger 1000g
Trotter 1000g 10 eggs
Salt 15g


How to make Pig’s Trotters in Ginger and Sweetened Vinegar


step 1

Day 1: Wash ginger after peeling


Step 2

Cut in half vertically, then pat with a knife


Step 3

Add salt and marinate for 30 minutes, then rinse with water


Step 4

After 30 minutes of steaming on high fire, use a cloth or kitchen paper to absorb the moisture


Step 5

From the pot, add diced sweet vinegar and ginger


Step 6

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


Step 7

Day 2: Dehairing pig’s trotter, washing and cutting


Step 8

From the pot, pour an appropriate amount of water to boil, add the trotters and blanch for 3 minutes, remove and wash


Step 9

Put an appropriate amount of water in another pot and put in the trotters


Step 10

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


Step 11

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


Step 12

Fill the pot with a proper amount of water and put in the eggs at room temperature


Step 13

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


Step 14

Rinse the eggs with water to cool, then peel them for later use


Step 15

Put the eggs in cold ginger vinegar and soak overnight


Step 16

Day 3: Take out the trotters and eggs and store them in another container


Step 17

Boil the ginger vinegar


Step 18

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


Step 19

Sweet and sour and delicious candy heart eggs


Step 20

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.

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