Sea cucumber

Scientists discover that sea cucumber has many health benefits, such as anti inflammatory, contain antioxidants, can prevent cancer, heals arthritis and gum disease.

It’s not a plant, but an animal living on seabeds. It’s not easily available, and needs much cleaning before it’s edible. The Chinese consider sea cucumber as a delicacy. It’s quite an expensive food.

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Cleaned sea cucumber

Today, I shall attempt to braise sea cucumber with pork and vegetables and serve for dinner with a hot bowl of steamed rice.

Ingredients

Method

1) In a pot of boiling water, scald the pork pieces to rid of the scrums.

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2) Pick out the pork pieces and throw away the water.

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3) In a claypotpot, heat up some sesame oil, fry in the ginger pieces. Then when fragrant, add in the pork pieces.  Top the pork pieces with Chinese 5 spice powder. After the pork pieces are brown,  add some water. Add in bay leaves, 2 pieces cloves, 1 star anaise. Let the pork braise for half hour.

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4) Add in onion slices. Also add light dark soya sauces and fish sauce.

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5) Let it braise a while, about 10 minutes, add in chopped carrot pieces.

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6) Braise for another 10 minute, add sliced sea cucumber.

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7) After the sea cucumber been boiled for 10 minutes, add in broccoli. Braised sea cucumber in claypot is ready for serving.

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Yummy, a pot of nutritious sea cucumber, pork, vegetables for dinner.  Cheers.

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