This is a very traditional home-cooked meal in any Indonesian Chinese family. Known as “Bak Kecap” – literally translation of “pork with soy”, the dish is sometimes served as one dish meal, with the usual pairing of steamed rice.
We literally grew up with this. Sweet and full of carbohydrates. Though the ingredients may seem basic and almost too simple, it has never failed to be an all-time favourite amongst the youngsters in the family. Therein lies the secret to many home-cooked dishes – using simple ingredients for a quick satisfying meal. The meat is marinated for a short time before braised. The cornstarch / tapioca flour is used to improve the texture of the dish and the potatoes are pan-fried to add an extra crunch to it.
This is the recipe for Soft Pork Cubes with Soy Sauce and Potatoes
- 250 gramme pork cutlet, cut into small bite sizes
- Â¼ teaspoon salt
- Â½ teaspoon sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch / tapioca flour
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce (Pearl River Bridgeâ€™s Mushroom Flavored Sauce recommended)
- 3 medium sized potatoes (500 grammes), quartered and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoon cooking oil
- Â¼ cup water
Marinade the pork with salt, sugar, pepper, cornstarch and soy sauce for 10 â€“ 15 min.
Heat a little bit of oil on a non-stick pan and brown the potato slices. Pat dry with kitchen towel and set aside.
Heat oil in a cooking wok, medium heat. Stir fry garlic till fragrant for about 2 minutes. Toss in the marinated pork. Cook for 5 minutes.
The wok will be sticky as the sugar caramelized. Add water. Stir in the fried potatoes and mix well. Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Serve warm with steamed rice.
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