Sach chrouk kho sdet dey.
(Caramelized pork with peanut ).
Pork meat and peanut in caramelized sauce is tradition food that we eat on New Year for good luck. Authentic recipe cooked with pork shoulder or pork butt with skin on, but some time I made with lean pork meat or tenderloin.
Ancient grounded fruit peanut have been in Kampuchea Krom thousand years. Back then peanuts were growing wild like weeds, the farmers used to feeds peanuts to the pigs. Peanut’s shells along with rice's shells were and still using as cooking source in many Khmer Krom villages, because it is cheaper than wood or charcoal. Ancient Khmer used peanut oil for light source, then beauty oil for dry skin before it realized that peanut oil is excellent for cooking. Peanut not only a good source of protein, lots of vitamins, calcium and iron, it's also contains natural weapon to help fight heart disease and cancer.
- Ingredients :
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 2 Cups water
- 2 Cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ Cup fish sauce
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 lb pork shoulder or pork butt cut with skin on, Cut chunks bite sizes
- ½ cup raw, shelled peanut
- 2 Whole star anise
- 2 Stalks green onion, chopped
- ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
- Procedures :
First make caramelized sauce by put 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a pot or skillet that big enough to hold all ingredients. Cook and stir frequently till sugar turns dark brown color, immediately pour 2-cups water over caramelized sauce, stirs well.
Add garlic, fish sauce and sugar, stirs well.
Add meat, peanut and star anise, stirs and simmering till peanut and meat tender.
Add green onion and black pepper.
Serve hot with rice.
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