Chinese slow cooked Pork

Chinese slow cooked Pork

How easy is it to just throw the slow cooker on in the morning before work, work all day knowing that you are coming home to something delicious. - it gets me excited just thinking about it!  

Serves 5-6

1.5 - 2kg pork shoulder - bone in
2 tsp Chinese five spice
3 cloves garlic, bashed
1 thumb of ginger, sliced
1/2 brown onion, diced
3 Tbsp soy sauce 
3 Tbsp honey or brown sugar
2 tsp siracha 
2 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1/4 c water

Cut the pork in half or quarters depending on the size of the shoulder. - keep fat and skin on.
Rub Chinese five spice into the meat coating completely.
Put pork into crock pot
Throw the rest of the ingredients into the pot - with the garlic, bash slightly with the side of the knife just to release the garlicky goodness and throw in. 
Pop the lid on, turn the crockpot onto high and leave it to do its thing for 4-5 hours. 
Remove the meat from the pot leaving juices behind. 
The bone should easily slide out. 
if there is a lot of juice left over pour into a small pot and reduce to make a thick sauce you can then drizzle over the pork.

Depending on what dish you are making I.e hawker rolls, bao buns, sliders - pulled pork is best. you can use two folks and pull the pork apart then drench in the reduced sauce. - yum!

Notes: Alternate cooking time can be on low for 7-8 hours

Keep the fat and skin on the pork!!! - don’t be that guy and remove the fat because your “watching your weight” the fat and skin protects the meat and keeps it moist and juicy, if you are conscious about it, skim any excess fat off the juices before reducing. winner!

Chinese five spice is an asian blend of spices - not just any spices but of course the ones that cover all of the flavours a pallet loves - sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter. - Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, Chinese cinnamon, clove, fennel seed.
be aware, it is a strong blend of spices so only use in small amounts as it can over power but damn it is tasty! 

The last time I cooked this recipe was over the holiday break for my bestie, her partner and the neighbours. I made hawker rolls and what a hit they were. 

For those who have never been blessed with a Hawker Roll passing through your lips, this delight is like an asian version of a taco. A lightly fried roti bread topped with whatever you like really, this particular night i topped my roti with thinly sliced ice berg lettuce, pickled cucumber, sliced spring onion, pulled pork, crushed peanuts, fresh coriander, sliced red chilli (if you like living life on the edge) and finished with a few dollops of mayo and a decent drizzle of that delectable reduced sauce. - BOOM baby!