☐ Pork Belly 100g
☐ Crushed garlic 4 cloves
☐ Chinese broccoli 1 cup – Peel Chinese broccoli stems and chop into 5mm length
☐ Firm tofu 200 g, optional
☐ Cooked Jasmine Rice 2 cups
☐ Dried Shrimp 2 tsp, optional
☐ Preserved cabbage 1 tsp, optional
☐ Thin Soy Sauce 2 tbsp
☐ Fish Sauce 2 tbsp
☐ Pepper ½ tsp
☐ Roughly chopped Spring onion and coriander for garnish
☐ Water 3 cups
☐ Peanut oil
Prepare homemade lard from pork belly
This process will take most of our cooking time as we are rendering fat from pork belly. In this process, we will get lard for cooking our rice soup and crispy garlic and pork belly to sprinkle on top of the dish.
- Slice pork belly to the same proportions so it will be cooked at the same time.
- Put sliced pork belly in the pan, use the lowest heat to render the fat
- Stir a few times and let it cook until it turns brown then add crushed garlic
- Flavour with salt and cracked pepper and cook until garlic turns aromatic and golden
- Separate crispy pork belly and garlic from oil and place them on a paper towel
While waiting for the homemade lard, we can prepare another crispy topping which is fried tofu.
- Fine dice the firm tofu evenly. “The thinner the cut, the shorter the cooking time”
- Add peanut oil in the pan, use a low heat
- Add the fine diced tofu and fry until its crispy (the easiest way to make sure that tofu is crispy is to ensure there is no white patches on it)
- Place crunchy fried tofu on a paper towel to absorb extra oil
It’s time to wrap up and get our rice soup ready. If you want to challenge yourself, set up a timer for 10 minutes. I am sure this meal will be ready to feed your family.
- Add homemade lard from the first step into the pan
- At low heat, stir fry pork mince and make sure it doesn’t stick together in chunks
- Flavour pork mince with soy sauce
- Wait until the pork is cooked and turn the heat up
- Add fish sauce
- Add dried shrimp and preserved cabbage
- Add 2 cups of cooked jasmine rice
- Stir fry jasmine rice and pork mince until it mixes well, then add water to cover the rice
- Wait until it’s boiling and add chopped Chinese broccoli (optional)
- Flavour with Soy Sauce and Fish sauce to your own taste
You can replace pork mince with chicken mince, soft pork bones or pork roll. I love my rice soup with less water, so I didn’t add much water on my version. You can add more water to your liking. Also please remember that there is no specific rule about what crunchy element you want to top your rice soup with. My brother even uses roughly crush packaged pork crackers or crispy egg noodle and it is delicious so feel free to explore and let your creativity lead you.