- 1 pig’s trotter – between 2 1/2 and 2 3/4 pounds
- Between 2 1/2 and 2 3/4 pounds old ginger (yes, you read that amount right), skinned, cut into pieces and smashed lightly (TFD note – old ginger is exactly that, the typical stuff you get in the supermarket, do NOT use actual OLD ginger, this is just a Chinese term to differentiate it from ‘young’ ginger, which is harvested early)
- 4 tbsp sesame oil (TFD note – I prefer Kadoya brand)
- Slightly more than 3 1/3 cups Aged Chinese black vinegar (TFD note – do NOT use Sweetened Black Vinegar in this recipe!)
- 6 1/3 cups bottled water
- Slightly more than 1 1/4 -1 2/3 cups brown sugar (adjust sweetness to your liking) (TFD note – if you can find it, use Chinese black sugar (actually closer to brown than black)
- hardboiled eggs in shell, to taste
- 1 tbsp. or more to taste of Chartreuse élixir végétal – optional, TFD addition
- Clean and pluck hair of trotters (if there are any). Cut into big chunks. Blanch trotters in boiling hot water, drain.
- Heat sesame oil and fry ginger till fragrant.
- Add ginger and oil and put into a clay pot. Add vinegar, water and brown sugar.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 – 30 mins or until ginger is soft.
- Add pig’s trotter pieces and continue to simmer till meat is tender, about 2 hours.
- Add hardboiled eggs and élixir végétal half an hour before serving – crack the shells all over lightly but completely to enable a marbled effect when peeled (note – this is a TFD affectation, and not in the original recipe).
- This should be served to the new mother for at least 1 month or preferably 40 days – repeat the recipe as needed and add to the leftovers (important – there should always be some leftover added to the new batch of stew) and reheat, as it gets more and more nutritious over the 30 days (as well as delicious).
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- Calories: 430.31 kcal
- Sugar: 52.77 g
- Sodium: 64.04 mg
- Fat: 17.18 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.95 g
- Trans Fat: 0.0 g
- Carbohydrates: 53.33 g
- Fiber: 0.0 g
- Protein: 6.63 g
- Cholesterol: 24.95 mg