Jellied Pork style Vietnamese (Thịt Đông) – Easy recipe to cook

Jellied pork, as odd as it may appear, this scrumptious dish is full of flavor and contrasting textures. The savory, grainy pork in comparison to the cold, smooth jelly may confuse your taste buds but once you try this Jellied Pork, your mouth will be begging for more.

Ingredients to cook Jellied pork:

1 medium carrot
2-inch section fresh ginger
3 shallots
2 lbs pork butt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1/8 oz dried wood ear mushroom slivers
1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil + 1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp fish sauce
2 1/2 cups water
1 packet (.25 oz or 7 gm ) unflavored gelatine

Construction to cook Jellied Pork:

Step 1: Peel the carrot and cut 8 coins about 1/4-inch thick. Use decorative vegetable cutters to make 8 carrot flowers.

carrotflowers
Cutters to make 8 carrot flowers

Step 2: Remove the skin from the fresh ginger. Cut the ends off the shallots, remove the skin and then cut in half.

Remove the skin from the fresh ginger
Remove the skin from the fresh ginger

Step 3: Cut the pork butt into smaller sections and then cut into slices about 3/4 inch x 1 1/2 inches and approximately 1/4 inch thick. Place the sliced pork into a bowl and add the sugar, salt, ground white pepper, and 1 tsp minced garlic. Combine together and let the meat marinate for 15 minutes.

Place the sliced pork into a bowl and add the sugar, salt, ground white pepper, and 1 tsp minced garlic
Place the sliced pork into a bowl and add the sugar, salt, ground white pepper, and 1 tsp minced garlic

Step 4: Place the wood ear mushrooms into a microwave-safe bowl and cover with hot water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Place the bowl into the microwave and cook on High for 4 minutes. Drain the mushrooms into a colander and rinse with cool water several times.

Allow to soak for 10 minutes, then cut it
Allow to soak for 10 minutes, then cut it

Step 5: Heat a pan over Medium High heat and when hot, add the vegetable oil and 1 tsp minced garlic. Stir-fry for 15 seconds. Add the pork and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until it’s just slightly pink. Add the fish sauce, shallots, ginger and water and combine together. Cover the pan and increase the heat to High to bring to a boil. As soon as the broth boils, reduce the heat to Low and skim off all the foam. Cover the pan again and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the pork is tender.

You also can learn how to cook Banh chung here.

Add the fish sauce, shallots, ginger and water and combine together.
Add the fish sauce, shallots, ginger and water and combine together.

Step 6: Add the gelatine and stir together. Turn off the heat, add the wood ear mushrooms and combine together. Remove the ginger and shallots from the pan and discard.

Add the wood ear mushrooms and combine together
Add the wood ear mushrooms and combine together

Step 7: Center a carrot flower on the bottom of each bowl. Layer an even amount of pork and mushrooms into each of the small bowls. Strain the broth into a measuring cup. Pour the broth into each bowl covering the pork. Using the back of a spoon, press down on the pork to submerge it in the broth. Cover the bowls with plastic wrap and then place in the refrigerator. Chill for 4 hours, overnight is best.

Center a carrot flower on the bottom of each bowl
Center a carrot flower on the bottom of each bowl

Step 8: To serve, run a sharp knife around the bowl to loosen the jelly. Invert the Jellied Pork onto a plate. Serve with a generous side of Pickled Mustard Greens and hot rice. Enjoy!

Invert the Jellied Pork onto a plate.
Invert the Jellied Pork onto a plate.

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