Red-cooked pig’s feet with Ginger and Star-anise

The story

This recipe pays homage to the remarkable people who crossed my path on my recent journey to the north west of Namibia.

It takes time to cook, but of that they have enough.

pig's trotters

It requires soy sauce, but I have noticed that even though the local supermarket does not stock fresh cream, they do have soy sauce. But most of all, this dish should be eaten without regard for tomorrow or yesterday.

It requires little money, and lots of commitment. It is sticky, and sumptuous, – a journey through bones and gelatinous goodness. But then, you have to choose your companion well.

Red-Cooked Pig’s Feet with Ginger and Star-Anise

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Ingredients:

6 Pig’s feet, Cut into three pieces each

5 centimeters Ginger, Cut into large chunks

6 tablespoons Soy Sauce

4 Star anise, whole

3 tablespoons Dry sherry

1 teaspoon Salt

2 teaspoons Sugar

trotters pigDirections:

1. Wash the feet. Put in a large heavy bottom pot and cook over medium heat for about 90 minutes. Skim all the time to remove impurities.

2. After 90 minutes, add the soy sauce, ginger, star anise, sherry and salt. Reduce to low heat and cook for another 2 to 21/2 hours. Add the sugar and cook for another 30 minutes. The skin should be soft enough to be pieced by a fork, and the bones should slip out easily. Garnish with finely sliced spring onion and chilies. Serve with boiled or steamed rice.

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