This tender pork dish is delicious over noodles (use some cooking liquid in the sauce). The cooking liquid can even be defatted, frozen and reused to braise pork another day – it only gets richer with use.
3 cups sodium-free chicken broth
1 cup water
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup medium-dry sherry, or Chinese rice wine
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp granulated sugar
3 peeled, smashed garlic clove
4 slices ginger, (about 1/4-in. thick)
3 green onions
3 whole star anise
3 lbs boneless pork shoulder
6 soft buns
2 green onions, slivered
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
Combine chicken stock, water, soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, green onions and star anise in slow cooker and stir to dissolve sugar.
Add pork, cover slow cooker and cook on low for 10 hrs, turning the pork over midway if it is not fully submerged.
Remove pork from cooking liquid, cool slightly and pull into large pieces, discarding any fat.
Skim fat from cooking liquid. Return pork to warm cooking liquid until ready to serve.
Divide pork between buns and top with green onions and hoisin sauce.
Calories 487, Protein 44g, Carbohydrates 30g, Fat 20g, Fibre 2g, Sodium 651mg.
Originally published in the Today's Parent February 2013 issue. Photo by Andrew Grinton.
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