Healthy Eating

We're championing fresh food that packs a flavour punch, from salads and vegetable-packed bowls to grains and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller and receive a copy of Nordic Light - offer ends 23 April 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

Crisp sweet and sour pork hock


"How do I recreate Mr Wong's fabulous pork hock?"
Sam Sharp, Kensington, NSW

REQUEST A RECIPE
To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

You'll need

For deep-frying: vegetable oil To serve: fried shallots, thinly sliced spring onions and long red chillies, coriander, and steamed rice   Red-cooked pork hocks 200 ml each Shaoxing wine and soy sauce 60 gm rock sugar, crushed (see note) 25 gm (5cm piece) ginger, coarsely chopped 5 star anise 1 piece cassia bark 2 spring onions, coarsely chopped 3 pork hocks (about 3kg)   Sweet and sour sauce ½ onion, coarsely chopped 3 small garlic cloves 15 gm ginger, coarsely chopped 25 ml fish sauce 250 gm caster sugar 75 ml Chinese red vinegar 50 gm Chinese yellow soy paste (huangjiang) 75 ml tomato sauce

Method

  • 01
  • For red-cooked pork hocks, bring ingredients except pork hocks and 4.5 litres water to the boil in a stockpot. Add hocks, reduce heat to low and simmer until hocks are soft and gelatinous (5 hours). Place hocks on a tray. When cool enough remove bones and knuckle, trying not to break up the meat and skin. Discard bones and stock.
  • 02
  • Line a 5cm-deep 20cm x 30cm tray with baking paper and spread pork evenly in tray. Top with a sheet of baking paper, then another tray to fit inside the first, weight with food cans and refrigerate overnight to set.
  • 03
  • For sweet and sour sauce, blend onion, garlic and ginger in a small food processor to a fine paste, using some fish sauce to blend if necessary. Set aside. Stir sugar and 100ml water in a wide saucepan over medium-high heat to dissolve, brush edges with a wet pastry brush to remove sugar crystals and cook without stirring until light caramel (5-6 minutes). Add remaining ingredients and reserved paste and simmer to a thick glaze (2-3 minutes). Makes about 2 cups. Sauce will keep refrigerated for a month.
  • 04
  • Cut pressed pork into 2cm cubes. Heat oil in a large wok or deep-fryer to 180C and deep-fry 10 pieces of pork at a time, loosening them from the bottom with a metal spatula, until crisp and golden (2-3 minutes; be careful as hot oil will spit). Drain on paper towels, then toss in sweet and sour sauce (about ½ cup) and serve scattered with fried shallots, spring onion, chilli and coriander alongside steamed rice.

Note Start this recipe a day ahead to press the pork. Rock sugar and yellow soy paste are available from Chinese supermarkets. 


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Featured in

Sep 2015

You might also like...

Beef cheek recipes

recipes

Pave de boeuf with Roquefort sauce and gratin dauphinoise

A culinary Tour de France

recipes

Pan-fried John Dory agrodolce with endive and goat’s cheese

Saltimbocca alla Romana

recipes

Piccata di vitello

Adana kofte

recipes

Roast lamb loin with couscous and pumpkin

Pork chops with fennel

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×