Pork belly and fried noodles

Dear Reader,

Earlier in the week, I made this dish and posted the photo in the Facebook group, “Cooking meals for one”. One of the members, viz., Merryn, suggested I write a post on Yummy Lummy. 

I am happy to do this; it makes me giggle though that I’ll not be able to share the post on Facebook because the good people of Facebook have banned Yummy Lummy for breaching its community standards. If you want to read this recipe on Yummy Lummy, click here.

I’d appreciate if you subscribed to Yummy Lummy if you got here via Facebook 😉

I’ve tried to appeal this decision but to no avail. I don’t know what component of the Facebook community standards I breached. Maybe the good people of Facebook don’t like my take on fusion cuisine. Perhaps they didn’t like the videos I used to make and post. 

Anyway, there is nothing to be gained by crying over spilled milk. Not to worry, it is what it is, and the way I see it, it’s the good people of Facebook who are missing out!

I used a pressure cooker to cook the pork belly. You could also use a slow cooker.

Saturday lockdown dinner. Pressure cooker cooked pork belly and potato with stir-fried noodles and capsicum.

Ingredients

  • Pork belly strips cut into rough cubes
  • Star anise (1 star)
  • Black whole peppercorns (1 tablespoon)
  • Onion shallot (1)
  • Vegetable stock (1 cup)
  • Sweet sherry (1 cup)
  • Barbecue sauce (1 vigorous squirt)
  • Chinese five-spice (1 tablespoon)
  • Bay leaves (2 or 3 leaves)
  • Potato (1 cut in half)
  • Capsicum (I used yellow, green, and red capsicum for colour)
  • 2-minute noodles
  • Neutral oil (I used rice bran oil)

Instructions

  1. Sharpen your cook’s knife and ponder as always Proverbs 27:17 (As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.)
  2. With long, firm strokes drawing the blade of your knife towards you (yes, this sounds counterintuitive, but it’s the most efficient way to cut pork belly strips), slice through the meat.
  3. Place the meat into the pressure cooker vessel.
  4. Peel the onion shallot, cut it along a sagittal plane, and cut each half again along a sagittal plane. Separate the layers and put them into the pressure cooker vessel.
  5. Add the star anise, peppercorns, sherry, stock, barbecue sauce, Chinese five-spice, bay leaves, and potato to the meat and onion.
  6. Inspect the lid of your pressure cooker to make sure the gasket is in place. If you don’t clean as you cook, look for foreign debris and remove it. The point of this step is to avoid a pressure leak. The other reason is to prevent a potentially fatal outcome if the escape valve is blocked and the pressure cooker becomes a bomb. Check out what happened at the Boston Marathon a few years ago when a pressure cooker bomb exploded. The carnage was extensive. Don’t be put off by this advice. Pressure cookers are safe if you maintain them correctly.
  7. Put the lid on and seal it closed.
  8. Turn on the heat, achieve cooking pressure, and cook for between 40 and 45 minutes.
  9. Allow the pressure to equilibrium to atmospheric pressure.
  10. Remove the lid.
  11. Pick out the pork belly and potato with tongues. You could use your fingers, but I reckon you’ll burn the skin, and the pain will be most unpleasant.
  12. Strain the liquor to remove the solid material. Yes, liquor is the correct word. If you doubt me, look up a good English language dictionary.
  13. Pour the liquor into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  14. Add the instant noodles to the boiling liquor and cook for 2 minutes.
  15. Strain off the liquor and allow the noodles to drain for a few minutes.
  16. Heat a wok or a skillet and add some neutral oil. Heat the oil until it’s near its smoking point, and then add in the noodles and the slices of capsicum.
  17. Stir fry the noodles and capsicum until the noodles start to take on some colour.
  18. The noodles should have changed from limp to firm, and the capsicum should have changed from firm to a little soft but not limp. You don’t want limp capsicum, and you certainly do not desire capsicum, which has lost its vibrancy.
  19. Move the fried noodles and capsicum to a shallow bowl, and with cooking forceps (or fingers), take the capsicum and bring it to the top of the noodles to show it off better.
  20. Add some of the pieces of cooked belly pork to finish the presentation.
  21. Thank God for wages to buy food, and thank Him for the skills to prepare and cook food.

Final thoughts

  • Have you experienced problems with a pressure cooker?
  • Are you afraid of using a pressure cooker?
  • Do you like pork belly?
  • What do you think of this dish?
  • How do you feel about Facebook banning Yummy Lummy?

What’s with the bible verses and the mention of prayers?

I realise I’ve lost a few subscribers because I’ve outed myself (this seems to be the terminology used these days to reveal personal change or orientation or identity). At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a friend shepherded me back to faith after nearly two decades of life in the wilderness. 

Yummy Lummy is still a food blog, but you’ll read about the real me.

If the bible verses, mention of prayer, or the books I’ve been reading cause you to unsubscribe, I don’t mind. 

Penne pasta “mac and cheese” with pesto

Over at Yummy Lummy, I’ve posted a recipe for Penne pasta “mac and cheese” with pesto.

Because of the Facebook ban on Yummy Lummy, I’m sharing the link to the post here. Please do me a solid and click on the link which will take you to Yummy Lummy and the recipe.

Thanks.

Fried rice with pork three-ways

Fried rice with pork three-ways

Wok
Wok

Ingredients

  • Pork belly
  • Long grain rice
  • Chilli
  • Chinese sausage (lup chong)
  • Speck (smoked pork belly)
  • Spring onions
  • Red onion
  • Frozen peas
  • Soy sauce
  • Marmalade
  • Cooking sherry
  • Queensland nut oil
  • Iodised salt
  • Black pepper
Chilli, Lup Chong, Marmalade, Pork belly, Red onion, Speck, Spring onions
Chilli, Lup Chong, Marmalade, Pork belly, Red onion, Speck, Spring onions

Instructions

  1. Cook rice in the morning and refrigerate.
  2. Slice the lup chong.
  3. Dice the speck.
  4. Cook the pork belly in a hot oven (220 °C) for 40 minutes to create cracking.
  5. Slice the spring onions. Slice the white on an angle for a fancy look and the green on a right angle for a more traditional look.
  6. Slice the red onion into large slices.
  7. Slice the chillies. You need to figure out whether you want to remove the seeds or not. The chilli seeds add to the heat. I kept the seeds, mainly because I’m lazy.
  8. Heat a wok to a smoking hot.
  9. Squirt in some Queensland nut oil and start to fry off the spring onion greens and red onion.
  10. Add in the speck and lup chong and stir fry until the Chinese sausage and fancy bacon takes on some colour.
  11. Toss in the chilli and stir fry and add a splash of cooking sherry along with the marmalade.
  12. Add in the cold rice and break up with the spatula. Add some soy sauce and keep everything moving in the wok.
  13. With a sharp, heavy knife cut the pork belly into cubes.
  14. Press down the spatula on the rice to get more contact with the hot metal of the wok. Doing so enables a better Maillard reaction. I add marmalade because the sugar will assist with this process.
  15. You want a crunchy rice texture and mouthfeel.
  16. Once the rice is crunchy, turn off the heat and then stir through the pork belly and the fancy shaped spring onion white bits.
Cooking fried rice in a wok
Cooking fried rice in a wok
Cooking fried rice in a wok
Cooking fried rice in a wok
Fried rice with pork three-ways
Fried rice with pork three-ways
Fried rice with pork three-ways
Fried rice with pork three-ways

Notes

I know there are lots of spelling variations for Chinese sausage. The way I’ve spelt it in the ingredients is how we used to say it as kids at home. I don’t mind how you spell it.

Crispy pork belly with salad

Crispy pork belly with baby beetroot, sugar snap peas, mini asparagus, fennel, red onion, parsley, goat cheese, halloumi, lime juice, olive oil, and cherry tomato salad

Crispy pork belly with baby beetroot, sugar snap peas, mini asparagus, fennel, red onion, parsley, goat cheese, halloumi, lime juice, olive oil, and cherry tomato salad

I bought the baby beetroot ready to serve from Coles.

I cooked the sugar snap peas and mini asparagus in boiling water and flash cooled them in ice water.

The fennel and red onion were sliced thinly with a mandolin (using the safety guard).

The halloumi was washed, dried, and fried to remove any squeakiness.

The cherry tomatoes and pork belly were cooked in a hot oven for 40 minutes.

Crispy pork belly with baby beetroot, sugar snap peas, mini asparagus, fennel, red onion, parsley, goat cheese, halloumi, lime juice, olive oil, and cherry tomato salad

Lunch

Leftover pizza heated in a skillet with the lid on.

Breakfast

Sunday breakfast. Leftover pizza (pan-fried) and Nespresso coffee

Morning walk

Scooters laying around
I’m not sure about this new piece of Public Art in Canberra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

Weightloss

2020-11-15 Weight Chart

Garlic Udon noodles, coconut cream, pork belly, prawns, and choy sum

Garlic Udon noodles, coconut cream, pork belly, prawns, and choy sum

Happy Saturday night everyone. For more of a story check out the post at Yummy Lummy.

Udon noodles, coconut cream, pork belly, prawns, and choy sum

Ingredients

  • Udon noodles
  • Coconut cream
  • Garlic
  • Choy sum
  • Pork belly
  • Fresh prawns
Udon noodles, coconut cream, pork belly, prawns, and choy sum

Instructions

  • Dry the skin of the pork belly strips and place into a hot (200 °C) oven for 45 minutes to get the crackling crispy.
  • Cook the Udon noodles in boiling water for about 7 minutes and then with 2 minutes to go, toss in the choy sum.
  • Rinse the noodles and choy sum in cold water and drain.
  • Heat a skillet with the leftover fat from the pork belly and sautée the garlic gently.
  • Add the noodles and choy sum.
  • Pour in some coconut cream and bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Add in the prawns and cook through.
  • Cut the pork belly into small pieces and add to the skillet.
  • Transfer everything to a bowl and eat with chopsticks.
Udon noodles, coconut cream, pork belly, prawns, and choy sum

The meal was delicious. The question is, is this Asian or Italian?

Pressure cooker pork belly with cabbage curry

I indulged in a tuck shop lunch today of hot chips. To balance that indulgence I went with a meal in my fast slow cooker. Pork belly with some sliced cabbage is quick easy and tasty.

Pressure cooker pork belly with cabbage curry
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Iron-clad oven-cooked pork belly with crispy crackling, frozen greens, onion, strawberry jam, and cherry tomatoes

I had another good day at work. I love that I work with great people. I still had some things to work on from home so I needed something that I could just put in the oven while I worked.

Iron-clad oven-cooked pork belly with crispy crackling, frozen greens, onion, strawberry jam, and cherry tomatoes
Iron-clad oven-cooked pork belly with crispy crackling, frozen greens, onion, strawberry jam, and cherry tomatoes
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Iron-clad pork belly and Otis Dining Hall truffle noodles Cacio e Pepe

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Iron-clad pork belly and Otis Dining Hall truffle noodles with truffle and miso butter, pecorino cheese and specialty seasoning.
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Iron-clad oven-cooked pork belly with pressure cooker cabbage

So tonight I tried something a little different. Sometimes when I cook a strip of pork belly, in an effort to get some crackling, the muscle meat may become a little dry. To protect the muscle meat I tried tying metal knives on either side of the strip and hoping the metal would conduct sufficient heat to cook my pork flesh and prevent too much dehydration from the meaty surface.

It worked perfectly. The crackling was fantastic and the porky muscle meat was tender, juicy, and succulent.

Oven-cooked pork belly with pressure cooker cabbage
Oven-cooked pork belly with pressure cooker cabbage
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Oven cooked pork belly and pressure cooker cabbage

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Oven cooked pork belly and pressure cooker cabbage
Oven cooked pork belly and pressure cooker cabbage

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