Wednesday, 18 February 2015

He Will Love You

A very Blessed Lunar New Year to all! These two Peranakan dishes, Babi Ponteh and Chap Chye were cooked in advance for the family Chinese New Year lunch. I have cooked them in the late afternoon, covered and chilled in a chiller,  I'm doing this way so that I can be free of cooking some of the dishes on the day itself. Moreover, these dishes just taste better overnight.

When cooking Peranakan dishes, I usually refer to this book, Cooking for the President by Wee Eng Hwa.  I'm very pleased with both dishes I have cooked especially the Babi Ponteh. I have added sea cucumber, an expensive ingredient which I'm cooking for the first time. Recipe below is an adaption from the book with some modifications.

Babi Ponteh
serves 4-6 persons


750g Pork Belly, chunks
20ml oil
30g shallots, pound finely
40g garlic,pound finely
30g light brown taucheo, crushed
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1/2 tbsp thick dark soya sauce
30g gula melaka
4 Chinese dried mushrooms, soaked in hot water, quartered
2 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
150g sea cucumbers, approx. Cut to bite size
1 cup water

  • Blanch pork in boiling water and marinate with 2 tsp of dark soy sauce for about 30 minutes.
  • In a wok, fry shallots in hot vegetable oil till translucent. Add garlic and stir fry till everything is lightly golden.
  • Add taucheo and fry till semi dry, intensely aromatic, and color changes, about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to very low. Add pork and fry till fragrant. Add the light and dark soy sauces.
  • Stir fry for about 10 minutes and transfer to a pot. Deglaze wok with 1/2 cup water. Add gula melaka, mushrooms and mushroom water. 
  • Top up enough water to just cover. Bring to  boil. Cover and simmer till pork is tender. 
  • Add sea cucumber and cooked for another 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Gravy should be thick.
  • Served with sambal belachan.

He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. Deuteronomy 7:13


  1. Dear Lian,

    Wishing you & family a Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year.

  2. Lovely post, Lian, I also wish you and your family a very happy, healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year.

  3. Hi Lian,
    This Peranakan dish Babi Ponteh is so flavourful!
    Wishing you and family a blessed Lunar New Year too ^-^!

  4. Hi Lian,
    Both of this Peranakan dish make me drool!
    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Luna New Year!

  5. Hi Lian! Dropping by to wish you and your loved ones a very happy and prosperous year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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