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Braised Pig's Trotters in Sweetened Vinegar Recipe (猪脚醋)

Sunday, August 01, 2010 | Labels: , , |

Braised pig's trotters is a very yummy and protein-filled dish that is familiar to most Chinese people.  To the uninitiated, pig's trotters do look or sound rather exotic for eating. This dish has been cooked for years and has a distinctive and strong flavour courtesy mainly of the copious amounts of vinegar used.  The version I am presenting today differs slightly from the classic pig's trotters in black vinegar traditionally served to women post-labour.  This dish is considered nutritious as pig's trotters are low in fat and carbohydrates but high in natural collagen.  One should definitely try this at least once -today's feature is a very simple recipe for tender, moist and succulent pork trotters cooked in an aromatic and sweet and sour sauce.  For another 'exotic' recipe, try my braised chicken feet recipe, a Chinese classic and an extremely simple dish to prepare at home.

Pig's trotters in sweet vinegar

My version or rather my mom's version of this classic eschews ginger - the heat factor is supplied generously by the dried chilli peppers used in the recipe.  Instead of black vinegar, white vinegar is used - I think this is more a personal taste preference, white vinegar is higher in vinegar content and produces a more sour taste compared to black vinegar where the latter may have more of an almost 'smoky' taste. 

Pig's trotters in sweet vinegar

Ingredients: (lessen the quantity according to how many you are planning to serve)

2 pig's trotters
3 whole smoked garlic (smashed, skin on) - you may use regular garlic if you wish
12 dried chilli peppers
2 cups white vinegar
6-8 cups of water
10 lumps of rock sugar (depending on size, always do a taste test) - you can also use the equivalent in slab sugar if convenient
3/4 cup of dark soy sauce
Splash of light soy sauce

pig's trotters in sweet vinegar recipe


Firstly prepare the pig's trotters by marinating lightly in some corn flour and place in the fridge for about 1-2 hours.   Blanch the pig's trotters in boiling water to remove impurities and run under cold water before putting into the fridge.  Placing the pig's trotters in the fridge will provide a 'crunchier' texture.

pig's trotters in sweet vinegar recipe

Meanwhile, place the water, vinegar, dark soy sauce, ginger, garlic, dried chilli peppers in a soup pot and bring to a boil.  Add the sugar and do a taste test.  Now, turn the heat down to low.  Add a splash of light soy sauce to bring out the flavours.  Finally add in the pig's trotters into the pot and boil at low heat for at least 2 hours.  Add more sugar or soy if desired.

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Lyndsey said...

I would love to try this sometime, when shall I come over? :D I think I would like it with the black vinegar with the smokey flavor, but I'd try it either way! Thanks for shring your recipe.

TasteHongKong said...

It sounds interesting with chili replacing the ginger.
Here, in restaurants where this braised pig's trotters is served as dim sum, they usually cook it with ginger and sweet vinegar.

lishapisa said...

We girls love this dish and our mom enjoys making this for us.I always thought trotter are high in fat. so good to know otherwise. Now we can have more! and yes same for chicken feet :)
Thank you,
CookNg Sisters

Jen said...

lyndsey, you should try both versions someday :)

THK - yeah..ginger is usually added in M'sia too but this is just my mom's family's version

lisa - haha yeah chicken feet has high levels of collagen too!

noobcook said...

your 猪脚醋 looks so yummy. I know shooting such food is not easy but your capture it so nicely. making me hungry now :D

tigerfish said...

What a nice take....upping up a notch with chili :)

mysimplefood said...

Oooh nice. Question - I don't take pig trotters cos I think it is fat but recently a friend told me it is not fat but tendons that are supposely good for skin??

Jen said...

wiffy - thanks so much for your kind compliment!

TF - thanks! it's my grandad's recipe :)

MSF - based on what I've read online and heard, pig's trotters are relatively low in fat but very high in collagen - I don't doubt there is still some fat in there tho lol

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so good! I love this dish, so appetising and so good with rice! I have to try with dried chili next time, sounds really good.

homeladychef said...

Hi Taste of Home! Good to see that more recipes from here! Cos you MIA for a few months right? :) This is one of the dishes that my mum used to cook. I love the flavous infused with ginger and vinegar, simply divine. :)

Jen said...

PPC - yes, indeed I like the spiciness

HLC - yeah haha I've been MIA! thanks!

Food For Tots said...

My mother in law cooked this dish during my confinement. Our relatives and friends enjoyed it so much. But I'm not a big fan for it. Hehehe!

Patsy said...

simple and the ingridients are easy to find..instead of the pig trotters i use chicken wings and additional to that i add hard boil eggs and radish too..and it taste good too. Yummy :D

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

that's a great idea! thanks for sharing :)

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