The very first time I used my new Philips Pressure Cooker (PPC) was last week. I was a nervous wreck as I was worried that I would cause an ‘explosion’ and scar my pretty face (ahem!) if I release the pressure regulator at the wrong time. I have heard of horror stories on ‘explosion’ while cooking with the PPC. Well, accidents do happen. Even with the German made very very expensive TMX, freak accidents happened too.
Throughout cooking this dish, I had to video call mum on Whatsapp to ask her for instructions, HA HA HA. Don’t laugh ok. I can’t afford to be hospitalized. The mil is overseas, hubs is super busy with pre-CNY functions and if I am injured, no one will care for the girls. Ok, I know I sound a tad exaggerated here. I just can’t be dysfunctional. Period.
Anyway, back to the dish, which is Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan. After a nerve-racking half an hour, the dish turned out superb! My persnickety girls with an ‘atas’ tastebud just like their dad had only praises and commented that it tasted like the ones sold at restaurants! What a consolation after going through a nail-biting moment in the kitchen 🤭
Sauteing the pork, shallots and garlic in the PPC under Bake mode.
Once sauteing is done, press STEW (20 minutes), and SEAL the pressure regulator.
Once STEW cycle is done, add in the eggs and press WARM, then let the pressure release automatically.
The meat is super tender and juicy! What I love about pressure cooking is that meat will always turn out tender despite a short cooking time.
Basically the ingredients needed are pork belly, soy sauce and dark soy sauce (key ingredients and I use organic ones), rice wine, oyster sauce (optional) fried shallots (fried separately), five spice powder, chopped garlic and shallots and sugar. I only use organic and non-GMO soy sauce and dark soy sauce.
There are plenty of recipes for Lu Rou Fan on the internet and You Tube which you can Google for. I followed a few and then tweaked mine.
This dish is a stunning show stopper yet easy to cook with basic ingredients from the kitchen. Kids and adults alike will surely love it.
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