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Pig Feet with Peppers
China - Szechuan / Hunan
A superb appetizer for porkophiles - they can be served hot with
sauce or cold. Be aware, hot with sauce these are delicious but very
messy - finger bowls and stacks of paper napkins are in order. Cold plain
or with dips (see Note-4) they are much more manageable
but still not quite the thing you want for an elegant white tablecloth
event. If you're going without the sauce, boil it down anyway, it's
delicious with other meats and vegetables.
Pig Feet (1)
Chili, hot (3)
Soy Sauce, light
Bell Pepper, green
Bell Pepper, red
- Wash PIG FEET to remove bone chips and dry thoroughly.
- Heat OIL very hot in a kadhai, wok or other suitable frying
vessel and fry Pig Feet in batches until lightly browned all
over - as evenly as you can get with something so irregular in shape.
Keep the oil fairly shallow for good browning. Drain well and put in
- Add Water to the pot until Pig Feet are just covered. Add
HOT CHILIS sliced in half lengthwise, GINGER sliced medium,
Soy Sauce, Salt and Rice Wine. Bring to a boil and
simmer until tender - about 2 hours. They should hold their shape but
bones should pull apart easily. If you will be serving them cold cook
just a touch softer as they will stiffen.
- IF you will be serving them warm with sauce, keep
Pig Feet warm while you de-fat the liquid (use your gravy
separator) and boil it down to about 1/3 for sauce. I like just a
sprinkle of black pepper in it too. cut the BELL PEPPERS into
narrow stips, heat a little of the oil very hot and stir fry over
high flame until crisp tender (a little charing is good). Plate
Pig Feet, garnish with Bell Pepper strips and ladle some
- IF you will be serving them chilled, just drain Pig Feet
well and refrigerate. Boil down the sauce for other uses.
- Pig Feet: These are now widely
available in ethnic markets here in Southern California (except Jewish
and Islamic of course), they are commonly already cut into pieces and
shrink wrapped in plastic trays. If you find them whole have the
butcher saw them in half lengthwise and once or twice across
depending on size (4 or 6 pieces). For details see our
Pig Feet page.
- Oil: Chinese recipes call for very
little oil and depend on rendered fat for frying. Our American pig
feet are too lean to render fat so we need some oil. I use Olive
Pomace oil for its high smoke point, neutral flavor and durability.
Keep the oil fairly shallow to promote browning.
- Chilis: Here you can control the hotness to your
comfort level. One large Seranno makes the sauce moderately hot by Southern
California standards. See our Chili Page
- Dips: I admit to eating these mostly
plain, but grated horseradish, hot mustard and rice vinegar with a
little salt all work well.
- U.S. measure: t=teaspoon,
T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce,
#=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required
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