Among the different styles of pork trotters we have tried, my preference is Korean simmered pork trotters >>> Berlin simmered pork trotters > Munich roasted pork trotters > Chinese pork trotters with fermented red beancurd ≈ pork trotters with ginger stew.
To eat Korean pork trotters in an authentic way, we wipe a touch of bean sauce on a slice of trotters, wrap it in fresh lettuce and then swallow it at once. Pork trotters are greasy by default but for a good Korean chef can make it without any greasy texture. Accompanying with a whole table of kimchi, Korean soybean paste stew, green chilli pepper and of course a bottle of soju, the whole dining experience is fresh and full of excitement. That’s really amazing.
As we can’t go to Korea yet, is it possible to replicate that Korean pork trotters experience at home? Let’s do an experiment.
韓式豬手 Korean Pork Trotters 족발
To try to make the experience like that in Korea, we prepared the pork trotters together with a kimchi stew, little side dishes, sauce and soju. How was the result? You may find our comments later in this article.
Quite a lot of ingredients, including:
急凍咸豬手1隻 1 frozen salted pork trotters
蒜頭1個去衣 1 bulb of garlic with skin off
水梨1個去皮去芯 1 Korean pear, skin and core off
洋蔥1個切塊 1 chopped onion
冰糖2大片 2 pieces of rock sugar
薑片數片 a few slices of ginger
京蔥半條 half a stalk of leek
辣椒乾3條 3 dried chilli pepper
八角6-8粒 6-8 anises
香葉4-5塊 4-5 bay leaves
香果2粒 2 black cardamons
韓式大醬1湯匙 1tbsp Korean soybean paste
豉油4湯匙 4tbsp of soy sauce
米酒1湯匙 1tbsp of rice wine
黑胡椒粒適量 some black pepper
Defrost the pork trotter, put it in tap water together with ginger and rice wine. When it comes to boil, continue to cook for 10 mins
Rinse the pork trotter, add into a pot with all ingredients. Add water until the trotter is fully covered
Then switch to low heat and simmer for 90 mins
Take the pork trotter out, let it cool down
Chop in the middle and then peel the meat out by cutting along the bone. Take the bone out.
We have 2 pieces of meat being taken out nicely
Slice the trotter, done!
So how did our version compare with the authentic Korean pork trotters? Honestly speaking we couldn’t compare with that. We are not saying our version wasn’t good, but the Korean version we had was very fragrant and totally not greasy. Together with a wide variety of side dishes, sauces, soup, the whole experience was beyond compare.
By the way, we tried quite a few pork trotters in Korea before. Nowadays many avant-garde restaurants adopted different styles to make the dish e.g. adding cheese or chilli paste. However we think that’s not really appealing. Even in Korea it’s not that easy to find a restaurant that provides traditional and mouth-watering pork trotters. The picture we show above is a pork trotters restaurant in Namdaemoon and that’s the best Korean pork trotters we have tried so far.
We want to go to Korea badly ㅠ_ㅠ