Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins
From Charles Phan's Vietnamese Home Cooking
Make and share this Lo Soi Braised Pork recipe from Food.com.
- 3 inches piece cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise pods, whole
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 inches by 1 inch piece ginger, crushed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 cups light soy sauce (if you only have standard soy sauce, that's fine)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 lb pork shoulder, cut in two equal pieces
- Toast the cinnamon, star anise, and cloves in a dry frying pan over medium heat for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Place in a large pot along with the ginger, five-spice powder, fish sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Add 7 cups of water. (Yes, seven cups.) Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer. With the liquid at a low simmer, add the pork shoulder. Cook for 20 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let the pork sit in the pot for another 30 minutes. Remove the pork and let cool; slice thinly. Serve with rice, soft-boiled eggs, and plenty of sauce. To preserve the lo soi (the flavored liquid): skim off the scum and fat and strain into a large container. Then refrigerate or freeze until next use. Before using it again, add fresh spices (the first four ingredients above); tinker with the soy sauce or sugar as needed. If you refrigerate the lo soi and do not use it for a month, return it to the stove and boil for five minutes, then refrigerate again; it should keep up to a year.