Julie made a dish called Hong-Zao Chicken Salad sometime ago. Julie told us that Hong-Zao, the red fermented glutinous rice paste is known to improve blood circulation and helps to reduce clogs in the arteries according to a Japan University study.
This time, Julie made a Stir-fry Pork Belly seasoned with Hong-Zao. She used the same pork belly which has been boiled once and sliced thin.
- Pork belly which had been boiled and thinly sliced
- a few sticks of celery which is cut into one inch strips and thinly sliced; you may substitute celery with sliced onions or green onions.
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 teaspoons of Hong-Zao paste
- 2 teaspoons of Miso paste
- Briefly blanched the thinly sliced celery in boiling water.
- As usual, start with sauteing the garlic until fragrant in medium heat.
- Mix the Hong-Zao paste with Miso paste in a small bowl and add to the sauteed garlic.
- Add in the cooked sliced pork belly and stir-fry until well mix.
- Finally, add in the celery and stir-fry until well mix but do not overcooked the vegetables.
The Hong-Zao gives the dish a distinguish reddish colour. It also has a wine flavour to it. Such dish is always great with steam rice.