Braised pork with sea cucumber

Braised Pork with Sea Cucumber

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Chinese, Indonesian Chinese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Marvellina
Braised pork with sea cucumber is a perfect one-pot meal made with pork butt, sea cucumber, bamboo shoots, and quail eggs braised in seasonings and spices. Instant Pot recipe is included
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Ingredients

  • 800 gr pork butt cut into large chunks
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 200 gr bamboo shoots strips
  • 10-12 quailed eggs hard boiled
  • 250 gr rehydrated sea cucumber cut into large pieces
  • Water

Aromatics:

  • 1 small onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 5 stalks green onions white part only, reserved the greens for other use

Seasonings:

Garnishes:

  • Fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

Cooking on stove-top:

  • Preheat a large heavy-bottom pot, like Dutch oven. Add cooking oil. Add the aromatics and stir fry until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Deglaze with wine. Scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure you get all the little bits unstuck if any. Add the pork and sea cucumber followed by seasonings. Add water, enough to cover the pork
  • Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and let it gently braised for the next 1 1/2 hour or so or until the meat is fork tender
  • 15 minutes before the end of cooking time, add bamboo shoots strips, and hard-boiled eggs. Continue to braise for another 1 hour 15 minutes. Have a taste and add more soy sauce as needed to your taste. It should be savory with just hint of sweetness

Cooking with Instant pot pressure cooker:

  • Press saute on Instant pot. When it's hot, add cooking oil. Add the aromatics and stir fry until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Deglaze with wine. Scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure you get all the little bits unstuck if any. Add the pork, bamboo shoots, and sea cucumber pieces, followed by seasonings. Add water, enough to cover the pork. Turn off saute mode
  • Cover the lid. Turn steam release valve to seal. Press "pressure cooker", "high pressure". Set timer to "45 minutes". When the timer is up, wait 5 minutes and then release pressure completely
  • Carefully unlock the lid and stir in the quail eggs. Let them submerge in the braising liquid. Have a taste and adjust the seasonings to your taste

Serving:

  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve with rice