Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Wife Can Cook Too? Episode 1: Tau Yew Bak

There has been a recent rivalry between the Wife and I when it comes to the kitchen. While i will always insist that i am the better cook, the Wife is not known to just keeping quiet upon hearing that statement and continuing with just washing the dishes.

Knowing this, she had something up her sleeves when we were questioning what to do with some pork belly we had bought to keep during the long Christmas break.

Like a lightning flash, she announced that she would cook and the kitchen was out of bounds for the hour.


After announcing that everything was in the pot, we counted down as the meat simmered in a concoction of sauces listed below:

500-600 gram of pork belly
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of soya sauce
2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
2 tablespoon of dark soya sauce
1/2 tablespoon of 5 spice powder
1 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns
Whole bulb of garlic
Sugar, salt and pepper to season
To season (optional): Chinese wine, mirin and sesame oil

Once that comes to a boil, let it simmer under low heat. Give it a taste and adjust the proportions according to how you like it, the Wife likes it sweet whereas I like it savoury. The above is just a guideline.


The result? A very successful first attempt by the Wife, i can almost feel her ego growing by the second now. The meat was almost melting with all the fatty layers in between, the sauce rich and thick from all the braising and eaten with rice, it was pure comfort food. 

We all knew who washed the dishes that night.


J said...

What a wonderful "competition". :)
(The results can only continually delight, so do keep competiting with each other lah. lol)

PureGlutton said...

Looks very yummy - TYB rocks! :-D

UnkaLeong said...

*ROFL* Only fair mar, can expect one to cook, prep and clean up after ;) Oh and you can go wrong with more garlic ;)

thule a.k.a leo said...

healthy competition brings out the best in both of you.. at least both of you will try to outshine each other (in a positive way)
from the pic.. it looks like those taht can be proudly served in restaurant!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha yeah, since we r both so kiasu..well i will tell her that!

unkaleong: no la, cook and prep is one person, the other cleans. yes more garlic is good.

pureglutton: i know, rocks!

j: well will compete until shes bored, which usually happens.

Precious Pea said...

Waaahhh...looks really GOOD!! Lucky you!!! I shall expect more posting on her cooking attempt from now on?

Precious Pea said...

Waaahhh...looks really GOOD!! Lucky you!!! I shall expect more posting on her cooking attempt from now on?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: haha yeah theres a breakfast post soon!

Michelle Chin said...

I made this once before but did not understand the name of this dish. Car to explain? Can twitter me?

- m i c h e l l e - said...

Wah, my cousin boleh already ah! Good job ahhh!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: yeah lor hor..

mchin: i think its hokkien. tau yu means soya sauce and bak means pork, essentially its a braised soya sauce pork dish.

babe_kl said...

this is one mean looking tau yew bak!