Pig’s Trotter with Vinegar

  • 2 pig’s trotters 
  • 1 bottle of sweetened vinegar (it is sweetened vinegar and not black vinegar)
  • 5-6 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 large handful of black fungus (the thick, big ones) soaked
  • 3 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 6-8 dried chillies
  • salt to taste
  • 1 large piece of ginger, break into smaller pieces, skinned and bruised 
Method :
  1. Clean pig’s trotter really clean, removing hairs and any funny discolouration, quick boil in hot water
  2. Heat a thick pot with sesame oil and fry ginger pieces and dried chillies
  3. Add in pig’s trotter, black fungus and vinegar
  4. Note that no water is needed unless you can’t cover the pig’s trotter with the vinegar.  Add just enough because you do not want to dilute the soup too much.
  5. Boil over low fire for several hours until the meat is tender
  6. Most people won't eat the fat that is rendered for dietary reasons. This isn't true for everyone but the solution is to place the dish in the fridge overnight to solidify the lard. Remove it easily when hardened.