Savor this sweet and spicy soup from the kitchens of Singapore. Inspired by their Chinese-Malay heritage, Singaporeans infuse their dishes with the heady flavors of star anise and cinnamon.
Serves 6 Prep Time 15 minutes Cooking Time 2 hours
1 kilo pork neck
2 pieces star anise
2 pieces cinnamon bark
3 tablespoons dark or sweet soy sauce
6 cups water
1 head garlic
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
For the dipping sauce
5 pieces bird’s eye chili (siling labuyo), deveined, seeded, and sliced
2 tablespoons dark or sweet soy sauce
1 Place pork, star anise, cinnamon, soy sauce, water, garlic, and ground pepper in a pot with a tight-fitting lid.
2 Put pot in a wok or larger pot filled with water almost half the height of the smaller pot.
3 Turn on heat to medium and bring water to a slow simmer. Replenish water if the level goes below half the height of the smaller pot. Simmer for 3 to 4 hours or until the meat almost falls off the bone.
4 Make the dipping sauce: Mix chili pepper and soy sauce.
5 Serve in bowls as soup or with rice, with the dipping sauce on the side.
Shopping Tip: Kecap manis or sweet soy sauce can be bought in specialty delis or some supermarkets (check the Asian sauces aisle).
Photography by David Hanson | Food Preparation by Roddy Abaya | Prop Styling by Elaine Lim | Assisted by Cheers Vazquez | Art Direction by Jonathan Roxas | Props from Rustan's Department Store
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