Rendering Pork Fat
Jules's Blurb: The traditional method of cooking in Thailand and indeed many of Khwanjai's original recipes handed down from her mother and grand-mother involved rendering of pork fat and using the resultant oil for cooking Traditional Thai food.
Now these days, we prefer to use sunflower oil which is much better for you in terms of cholesterol however, as a special gastronomic treat we (being slim, fit and healthy) occasionally revert to this method for the added taste the pork fat gives and not forgetting the mouth watering aroma. So the choice is yours (Leur Kon Khun) healthy or tasty beyond belief.
We actually use pork belly and use the remains for many delicious Traditional Thai Food recipes. See how it's done below...
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How To Render Pork Fat
Very simple, grab some pork fat and skin (pork belly) and cook over a low/medium heat until you have a wok containing pork oil and crunchy (cgrob) pork belly. If it spatters a lot, turn down the heat.
The oil is saved for later use in cooking and hey, don't throw away the remains 'cause it makes a great crunchy addition to several Thai recipes and even as it's own dish Pad Kapow Moo Grob (Stir Fried holy basil, chillies, and fried pork belly). See our Pad Kapow recipes in the stir fry section
In the UK "down at the pub" you can buy salted pork scratchings (which are practically the same thing) to snack with your beer. (not sure about other countries, maybe you could let me know in the forum)
Thai people also snack on these crunchy nuggets unsalted, instead we dip them in Chilli Red Sauce (Nam Pik Ta Daeng) a very spicy treat for the whole family, make sure you have some beer or water handy
For the Best Results:
Members watch the video, the recipe only give you about 5% of the information available in the video. In fact the only thing the video can't show you is the smell & taste, but hey? You gotta make this, cos it's beauuuuutiful!!
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