I'm trying to make more use of my slow-cooker which has been in hibernation far too long and if you don't crank up your electrical appliances once in a while, they may decide to go on strike! To make cooking a meal for my family more hassle free, I concocted this recipe for Mixed Spice Pulled Pork which pairs well with rice and some blanched vegetables on the side. The spices and sauces that I dumped into the slow cooker were reduced to a rich and flavourful sauce in 5 hours on medium heat.
Recipe for Slow Cooker Mixed Spice Pork
- 800 gm pork shoulder
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 2 star anise
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp cornflour
- 1 tsp chicken granules
- Seasalt to taste
- Sauces : 1 tsp dark soya sauce and 2 tsp light soya sauce
- Season the pork with seasalt and freshly ground pepper.
- Heat oil in a pan, add pork to pan-fry, turning over until browned all over, 10 mins.
- Transfer the pork to a slow cooker.
- Add in sugar, Bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise and chicken granules. Pour in the water.
- Cover and let cook on medium heat for 5 hours or till soft and tender.
- Remove pork.
- Mix the cornflour with the sauce. Put back the pork and the cornflour mixture into the slow cooker, stir well. Cover and cook for 15 mins. till thicken,
- Dish out and serve with white rice, toasts or mantou.