Don’t lie…

Yes, don’t lie! Don’t say that you cannot cook unless you are one of those hopeless individuals who cannot even boil water….and indeed, that is all you need to know to be able to cook this dish – boil water!

This was one of the things my mum used to cook and when I was small, I loved it so much that all day long, I would be sneaking into the kitchen to pinch a piece or two to eat. My mum would be furious when by dinner time, she discovered that half of it had disappeared. LOL!!!

All you need to do is to put a slab of pork in a cooking pot…

STP's boiled pork 1

…and fill it with water (submerging the meat or almost all of it) and boil it…

STP's boiled pork 2

It’s as simple as that. When the water has started boiling, remove the lid and leave it to simmer for around 45 minutes to almost an hour to make sure that the meat is cooked completely. By then, much of the water would have evaporated and you would only have about half or one third of it left.

Pour the water into another pot…and add half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of msg to the meat. Cover the pot and shake it vigorously so that the ingredients will coat the meat completely. Leave it to rest.

Come mealtime, take out the meat and cut it into thin slices and serve…

STP's boiled pork 3

That is all there is to it. It’s so very simple, right?

Of course, you may eat it with sambal belacan or pounded chilli and garlic for added flavour. My daughter loves it with black pepper sauce or BBQ sauce.

STP's boiled pork 4

By the way, you can use the water as stock to cook vegetable soup…or simply do what I normally do. I would add a little bit of water, say 2:1 or 3:1, the latter being the proportion of water to the stock. Bring it back to boil and add salt and msg according to taste. Garnish it with chopped spring onions and/or fried shallots and/or chopped Chinese celery (daun sup) and serve.

Killing two birds with one stone – at the end of it all, I would have a meat dish and a soup and I can just fry a veg dish for a complete/balanced meal to be eaten with rice. Anybody wants to give this  a try?