So...Chairman Mao's favourite dish. Apparently he was not much of a gourmand, and food was not much more than fuel. This simple dish is from the Hunan region & thus is also from the great Fuchsia Dunlop's Hunan Cookbook. She is a genius !
A simple set of ingredients
Not the most auspicious start for a dish called Red Braised!
The secret is in making a syrup with some groundnut oil and sugar
Getting there !
I served it with a dish called - Pulverised Aubergine with Green pepper. I did not have much pepper - so added some mushrooms also
You have to fry the aubergine and then mash it down
And it ends up like this. It does what it says on the tin. Actually it was very nice.
And after a 40 minute braise - so was the pork.Tender and sweet.
That's one for the little red book!