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Pigs’ ears with chilli, lime and fried egg

You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

You'll need

8 pig’s ears (see note) 2 onions, quartered 1 each each celery stalk and carrot, coarsely chopped For deep-frying: vegetable oil 4 eggs 4 spring onions, thinly sliced   Chilli-lime sauce 165 ml (¾ cup) lime juice 70 gm (¼ cup) chilli garlic sauce (see note)


  • 01
  • Bring pigs’ ears, onion, celery, carrot and 6 litres cold water to the boil in a stockpot over medium-high heat, skim scum from surface, reduce heat to low, half-cover with a lid, and simmer, topping up with extra water if necessary, until very tender (6-8 hours). Drain (discard vegetables), cool pigs’ ears to room temperature on a try, refrigerate overnight, then cut into julienne.
  • 02
  • For chilli-lime sauce, combine ingredients and ¾ tsp sea salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • 03
  • Preheat vegetable oil in a large saucepan or deep-fryer to 180C. Deep-fry pigs’ ears in batches until crisp and golden (2-3 minutes; be careful as hot oil will spit violently – cover it with a spatter guard). Drain on absorbent paper and keep warm.
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, heat half the clarified butter in a frying pan over medium heat, add half the eggs, fry until cooked to your liking (2-3 minutes for soft yolk), then drain on absorbent paper. Wipe out pan and repeat with remaining clarified butter and eggs.
  • 05
  • To serve, toss pigs’ ears and spring onion with a little chilli-lime sauce and divide among serving plates. Top each with an egg, scatter a little sea salt on the yolk and serve hot with extra chilli-lime sauce.

Note Pigs' ears are available from select butchers; you may need to order them. Chilli garlic sauce is available from select Asian grocers. Dotolo and Shook prefer the Tuong Ot Toi Viet-Nam brand.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Bavarian beer, or a wine with a little sweetness, such as Domaine Huet demi-sec Vouvray.

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Nov 2011

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