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Pork Tocino

Thursday, August 12, 2010


If you don’t have any idea about this, it’s like taste like KingDo ribs, except that it uses pork shoulder, done in Filipino style. It’s a breakfast dish with rice and eggs, but err.. I served this for dinner.

I was a bit scared by the amount of salt and sugar it called for. Call me a wimp, but maybe 2 cups of sugar will not scare you off, but it did scare me

I did some changes to the recipe, besides lowering the salt and sugar. I used Coke instead of lime flavoured carbonated drink which can be either 7-up or Sprite. Cos I read in other sites, anisado wine, which is a star anise flavoured wine should be used in the marinade. Coke has some spice notes in it, so, I used this instead of 7-up or Sprite. And both coke and pineapple juice has tenderizing functions, and this pork is not tough but tender, but not too tender that it falls apart. I’m not sure what will happen if you use fresh pineapple juice, but I just followed Anne to use Lee brand pineapple juice, but in reduced amount. I drank the rest, yummy yummy.

Pork Tocino (adapted from Simply Anne's)
1kg pork shoulder slices
250ml canned pineapple juice (Lee brand)
125ml Cola drink (coke or pepsi)
125ml ketchup
80ml light soy sauce
200gm brown sugar (at first I put in 100gm, but I did some tasting the next day and it tasted sourish rather than sweet, so I added in more sugar)
1 Tbsp grated garlic
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper

1. Marinate everything together 48 hours in the fridge. (Use stainless steel/glass or ceramic container.)
2. Put a little oil in a heavy based pot and put in pork slices. Brown both sides and pour in 1 cup of the marinade. Cook on medium heat until the gravy dries up

Actually I overcooked the pork. I was being not contented with the way the gravy coated the pork, so I slightly cooked it further, hoping that it would coat the pork nicely, but in the end,  it looked like char siew. Taste wise, it'got a slightly charred flavour and it's just not right. Very different from what I took samples of earlier (before it looked like char siew). Maybe I didn't stir the marinade, and the sugar settled down (in the marinade container) when I poured the gravy into the pot. Which was why it didn't thicken and coat the pork.


And since there was loads of marinade left over, I didn't want to waste it and  put in 3 pieces of boneless chicken whole legs and let it marinate for another 24 hours. Cooked it the same way and it was so delicious.

And this time, the chicken turned out exactly the way it's supposed to be, prettily coated with the reduced marinade. (so, if you want to try this, make yours to look like this chicken, not the pork above)
The reduced sauce was at the consistency of ketchup, and I separated the chicken and "ketchup", so that the gravy can be used as a dipping, should anyone prefered extra gravy. Indeed, all slurped up.

After Mike ate this, he said, should we start a home restaurant???


What he meant by home restaurant was allowing private dinners of others over at our house,
like a small scale restaurant.

My response: Huh???
He's into one of those dreams again.
Always asking me to do this or do that to make money.

If you think this is his first idea, no it is not.
He has asked me whether can sell my rice dumplings and Cha Siew Pau over the internet and courier them.
Hahaha!!! I just laughed at the idea.

40 lovely notes:

mNhL August 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

It really looks like 'char siew' to me but the chicken really look so yummy!!!

A home restaurant is a great idea. :D

Swee San August 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Looks good even tho it looks like char siu haha ..

3 hungry tummies August 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

This is like filipino char siew, very nice!

Jess @ Bakericious August 12, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

Wendy, this looks like char siew to me and I love such kind of bak e.g. char siew, sweet n sour pork, king pork rib etc. I am drooling, think ve to get eat some char siew noodle for lunch later to heal my craving :P.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

mNhL,
Yeah, but it shouldn't look like Char Siew
No la, I'd brush the idea aside. KK is not the place for these stuff.

Swee San,
Looks like it Char Siew lor, but taste otherwise.

3 Hungry Tummies,
Haha, yalor.

Jess,
Oh, anything heavily flavoured sort of sweetish pork. Then you really should try this. You can marinade this, and ask ur MIL to cook. Show her the pic of the chicken and tell her, cook like this. Hahaha.

jess @ j3ss kitch3n August 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

wendy these look delicious though they really look like char siew to me hehe =) should get my mum to change her cooking way for her stall wanton noodles haha...

Kitchen Corner August 12, 2010 at 1:35 PM  

This one looks quite like Char Siew. It looks really delicious with the glazed and shinny surface. This marinate sauce perhaps a very good one, with the pineapple juice really something special to me. Thanks for sharing!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

Jess@jesskitchen
Haha, let her try, maybe she likes it. But I'd say, this method definately uses a lot more ingredients that regular Chinese char siew.

Kitchen Corner,
The marinade is really nice. The pork should be cooked until it looks like the chicken.

Fuat Gencal August 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok muhteşem bir görüntüsü var. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı.

Saygılar.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) August 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM  

Hahaha, my husband told me the same thing, he thought open a restaurant is an easy job...for me,this look like char siew, love the glaze, sound yummy.

Little Inbox August 12, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

This looks very yummy! I will try to make it. :P

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears August 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

Hey, this looks like the kind of char-siew I like! But the chicken looks like quite something else...didn't look like it's made out of the same marinade.

Why is it guys always thinking of $$$? My hub says: Maybe you can make some $$$ out of your blog since you like surfing net so much...hey, $$$ is the last thing on my mind ok? (Or maybe it is I who's SO not thinking of $$$?)

busygran August 12, 2010 at 6:02 PM  

Just like char siew and looks good. Not a bad idea to start a restaurant, then I can eat there instead of drooling over your delicious food pictures.

MaryMoh August 12, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

That looks really delicious. I love the glossy colour. Look like char siu. Would be great with rice.

Honey Bee Sweets August 12, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

I am salivating while looking at your photos! Looks really good! I am a char siew lover, so I will give your recipe a try. The chicken looks good too! ;)

My Little Space August 12, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

Oh Gee Wendy, I am salivating already! this actually looks very much like char siew but I think it tastes much sweeter. I'm going to try this on chicken meat. I'm sure my kids will love it. Thanks! Enjoy your evening.
Cheers, kristy

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 13, 2010 at 12:12 AM  

Sonia, Busygran, Marymoh
My pork tocino is so so wrong. It shouldn't look like char siew. My Chicken version looks correct.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 13, 2010 at 12:16 AM  

Little Inbox, Bee and Kristy,

Oh, do let me know or Anne know how it goes. I'm sure she'll like to know too.
And remember to make it like the chicken, not like char siew.
I've reduced to sugar, but if you're game for it, try Anne's proportion of 2 loosely filled cups of brown sugar.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 13, 2010 at 12:22 AM  

Meldy,
I'm laughing. Our men think the same way.
He always say I don't love money. Hahaha!!!
I like money, cos I need it for shopping, but I'm not crazy for money. He should be the one to think of ways to find money, not me, kakaka!!

It's the same marinade, I suspect I didn't stir the pork version, so when I poured the marinade, the lighter top with lesser sugar got in, hence the "lighter" gravy that didn't coat the pork well.

Angie's Recipes August 13, 2010 at 2:30 AM  

That looks so good! Love the marinade....with some soup of the day, this makes a great business lunch!

Angie

Happy Flour August 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

I'm drooling over your delicious meal. ;p This is what I call a rich protein meal.

Anonymous,  August 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM  

HI Wendy
chanced upon your blog when i was blog hopping and came across this. wow, the chicken looks very yummy. would like to try it out but do i follow the exact ingredients quantities and just change the pork to 3 chicken legs? also what is the cooking time before the legs are done? thks v much for your advice.
regards
octopusmum

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

Angie,
Thanks.

Happy flour,
Yup, very high protein, with eggs and pork. Hahah. Which was why I put in some cucumber slices.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 13, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

Octopusmum,
I won't say exactly how long, cos it's not the same as baking.
By the time the gravy is reduced, the chicken is cooked.
Took me less than 10 minutes definately.

Blessed Homemaker August 13, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

At first look, I thought it was charsiew. I've tried coke ribs but kids don't like it, may try this recipe one day.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 13, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

Blessed Homemaker,
To cook nice coke pork ribs, you have to prefry the ribs, something I know that you didn't do. Haha.

Anne August 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

You make everything look beautiful! Indeed, the chicken version is what it should look like. Glad you liked it :)

Anonymous,  August 14, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

Hi Wendy

thks for the infor, can't wait to try it out! will follow the exact ingredients qty with 3 chicken leg (hope it is enough for my family of 5 :))
regards
octopusmum

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

Octopusmum,
No, don't just do 3 whole legs,
You can use 1kg (about 4 or 5) of it, then save the marinade and do another 3 pieces.
The marinade is pretty alot, or unless you want to do just half the marinade for 3 pieces of chicken.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 14, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

Anne,
Thankyou for the wonderful recipe.
:)
Have a nice day.

Anonymous,  August 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

hi wendy
thks v much for the clarification. will do half the marinade and use about 4 legs. that should be juz nice. will report back on the results hopefully next weekend as i only cook on weekends...
regards
octopusmum

Anonymous,  August 15, 2010 at 5:48 PM  

well, if u really opened a home restaurant, I will definitely patronize it! Lol ;)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM  

Octopusmum,
Great, let me or Anne know how it goes.
She'll be proud of so many people trying out her Filipino recipe.

Anonymous,
Thank you in advance. But then, hahaha, will you drive all the way here??? I don't live in Klang Valley.

Anonymous,  August 22, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

Hi Wendy
juz to let u know that i cooked the chicken version last night. i used 2 chicken legs and 2 drumsticks and half marinade. i have overcooked them cause the colour was v dark, like your pork version. i was waiting for the liquid to dry up, by the time the liquid almost dried up, the colour had turned to a dark brown, not orangey. i think i have put in too much marinade and also waited too long. nevertheless, the taste was awesome. it was so good that even my youngest who doesn't eat chicken, asked for more. btw, i marinaded them for 2 days. can i just marinade for 1 day next time? and next time round, i will definitely make sure i don't overcooked it.
thks for sharing such a yummy recipe!
regards
octopusmum

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more August 22, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

Octopusmum,
So glad your kid liked this.
I marinated my chicken for 1 day, cos to me chicken is more tender than pork. Maybe you can do it for one day.
I'm sure your next attempt will turn out great. I also learnt from my 1st experience. Just remember to stir the marinade before you pour it in, so that the heavier sugar won't be sinking at the bottom of the container.

Anonymous,  August 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

HI Wendy

thks for the tip! will surely remember to stir the next time,can 't remember whether i did that ...
regards
octopusmum

Anonymous,  March 1, 2011 at 11:43 AM  

Hai Wendy, me again ^^

Thx for ur tips for spagety. I will remember it.

Today i cook this, my pork turn out so tender, delicious indeed.

Thx Wendy for sharing, ur trusted recipe always give me a delish result.

Love regards

Chuany

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more March 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM  

Chuany,
You're most welcomed.
Thanks for all the feedback, really appreciate it.

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Eddel29 November 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

Nice recipe, this is really yummy. There is nothing to argue about. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it. thank you for sharing this recipe..

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