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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Stewed Pork Belly & Steamed Eggplant For Dinner

There was a piece of pork belly left in the freezer. I have been using pork belly to make roast pork and for this piece, I felt like trying a new recipe. I defrosted it, cut it into small bite pieces. I marinated the pork belly pieces with Chinese cooking wine. 5 spices powder and thin soy sauce and kept in the fridge for a few hours.
With a non stick saucepan, I fried chopped garlic, sliced shallots and ginger and 2 pieces of star anise with a little sesame oil until fragrant. I then add the pork belly pieces and stir over low fire till the pork changed colour. Next I add water and some rock sugar. When the water boiled, I put the fire to low and stew the pork until it is soft and the water is reduced.
I searched the fridge and found these 2 white eggplant harvested from my garden. I washed it clean and steamed them in the same steamer for steaming the rice.
I used a metal spoon to scrape out the eggplant flesh from the skin.
Some fried garlic & shallot and the oil was placed on top the eggplant.
Next I sprinkled some light soy sauce over it.
A small portion of Ponni herbal rice shared by 2 people.
We finished the eggplant but half of the stewed pork belly was kept for the next day.
That morning we witnessed this sunrise over the recreational park.
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The following photos are for joining Saturday's Critters.
Thanks to a wonderful friend who contributed these photos for this post.
Photo #1
She saw this fat green caterpillar balding her plant and picked it off her plant.
Photo #2
So round and fat!
Photo #3
At look at the green "alien" eyes!
Photo #4
She transferred the caterpillar to a bushy plant outside her house.
Photo #5
My friend also sent me this pretty white moth picture.
Photo #6
It spread out both its wings to show off its beauty.

Linking to Saturday's Critters.

How precious is your constant love, O God!

All humanity takes refuge in the shadow of your wings.

(Psalm 36:7, The Living Bible-TLB)

52 comments:

  1. ...that's quite a caterpillar.

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  2. Your dinner looks and sounds very good. You two eat so very well.

    Wow on the caterpillar. I've never seen one that looks quite like that one.

    Have a fabulous day, Nancy. ♥

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  3. More great food, great sky shots, and a nice verse. I love the imagery of being protected by God's wings.

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  4. That's a great dinner! I miss white eggplants.

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    1. These white eggplants are as good as the purple ones.

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  5. Me encanta la mariposa. Buena tarde.

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  6. I can have plenty of rice with just these two dishes, yum!

    Not into insects though, quite scare of worms actually, hee hee.

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    1. I too do not like worms but have to deal with them to protect my plants.

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  7. White eggplants are so special.

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    1. Very rare and not sold in the market.

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  8. I love belly of pork. Love the caterpillar, it looks like an Oleander Hawkmoth. Take care Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane! Take care too!

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  9. Those caterpillars are so big, and munch everything bare on their path..this is the irony, those most hated caterpillars will turn into most lovely butterflies..

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    1. Remembering the beautiful butterflies saved these caterpillars!

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  10. Those caterpillars are odd, the eyes on the back are to deter predators.

    White eggplant! Those are neat, i've never seen them before.

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    1. Come to think of it, I don't know which is the front or the back! Lol!

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  11. Hi, Nancy. I love the sunrise photo and caterpillars! Kisses, my friend.

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  12. Your dinner looks wonderful, what a great way to cook the belly pork. That caterpillar was quite a size.

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    1. I actually feel squirmish about the caterpillar!

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  13. I never seen such a fat caterpillar before...

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    1. They are often seen on my periwinkle plants.

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  14. Ooh! That fat caterpillar gives me the creeps!

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    1. Me too! My friend is game enough to take close up shots!

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  15. Eeeww! I had one of that scary alien-looking caterpillar not so long ago. Attacking my lime tree.

    Yummy overcooked meal. I seldom seen that white eggplants in the market. A friend plants few of this white egg plants. Somehow they don't grow long.

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    1. I am now waiting for one old eggplant to mature fully before I harvest the seeds to re-grow the white eggplants.

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  16. I've never seen white eggplant in my life and I've eaten eggplant. Does it taste just the purple ones?
    That caterpillar with the eyes look very unusual. See ya Nancy.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Hi Paul, the white eggplant tastes just as good as the purple ones.

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  17. Hello,

    Oh, beautiful !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr/

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  18. Looks very interesting) Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  19. the dish looks very tasty!
    I love the sky picture

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  20. I love to eat this. So yummy. The more fat the nicer. LOL

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    1. I normally don't like fat but am slowly adjusting to eat some fat. Lol!

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  21. That is a very creative recipe made from ingredients you just happened to have in the fridge. Congratulations. The caterpillar looks big enough to eat!

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    1. Thank you, David! Yikes..I wouldn't want to think about eating it!

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  22. Eeeee so geli that fat caterpillar! We kept that once in a jar and it turned into a really ugly butterfly/moth. Maybe should try it again, maybe that particular guy was exceptional case haha.

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    1. I suppose not every caterpillar will turn into beautiful butterflies. Lol!

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  23. That's very cute caterpillar and nice sharing by your friend these lovely shots.

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  24. Hello, I love the beautiful caterpillar and butterfly. Lovely photos. I am sorry to be so late commenting. I just got home from our road trip and I am now trying to catch up on my commenting. Thanks so much for linking up your post. Have a happy day and weekend ahead.

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    1. Thank you, Eileen! Hope you have a wonderful road trip!

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