In Asia, nothing goes to lớn waste. We can make delicious food out of anything. And this includes pigs feet.
Canh Giò Heo is a Vietnamese collagen-rich, pork-based soup. Pork hocks (feet) and sometimes even toes are gently simmered until soft and gelatinous. Vegetables such as potatoes and carrots are then added and gently cooked until chopstick tender. You can have the soup on its own since it’s filled with hearty tubers but you can also have it as a side dish to lớn steamed rice in a traditional Vietnamese family meal.
Canh Giò Heo is a comforting soup and now that it’s cold outside, it’s the perfect way to lớn warm up.
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Where to lớn get Pigs Feet
I’m pretty certain that you will need to lớn get your pigs feet at an Asian or Mexican grocery store. You will unlikely find it at Whole Foods. I can find pigs feet in my Asian store in both the refrigerated and frozen section. You can get pigs feet whole but why vì thế that to lớn yourself. Get them already cut into chunks. I prefer ones without toes, because removing them at trang chủ can cost you a nice cutting board and knife.
How to lớn Cook Pigs Feet
In Asian cultures, we love to lớn clean everything, including animal proteins. Sometimes, we can get away with animals protein straight from store to lớn stove such as steak cuts. But pigs feet are one of those proteins that have to lớn be cleaned. No exceptions. Just lượt thích internal organs, it can taste fantastic if properly cleaned, but you’ll know immediately when it’s not.
To clean, scrub it down with a combination of salt and vinegar. Sometimes white wine is used in place of vinegar. Use coarse salt to lớn scrub the feet then rinse well with water. You can stop right here if you’re pressed for time. But I would highly recommend continuing further to lớn blanch the bones in aromatics.
To vì thế that, bring a large pot to lớn a boil and toss in ginger, shallots, and/or green onions. Add the scrubbed pigs feet and boil for 5 minutes until impurities (foam) float to lớn the top. Remove the pig’s feet from the boiling liquid. Rinse well with cold water, drain dry, and mix aside. Now we can finally use it to lớn start cooking. Phew. You did it!
By the way, the boiling liquid that was used to lớn clean pigs’ feet? Make sure you don’t dump that down the drain. Once cooled, it will solidify and will wreak havoc on your plumbing over time. Set aside to lớn cool completely then discard properly in the trash.
Pigs feet will take about 1 hour to lớn cook all the way through, if already cut into chunks. You want it really soft and gelatinous before you add any vegetables. Once you are able to lớn pierce it easily with a chopstick, you can proceed with the rest of the soup.
Vietnamese Pig Feet Soup with Potatoes and Carrots (Canh Gio Heo Khoai Tay Ca Rot)
- 1-½ to lớn 2 lbs pigs feet cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt (for cleaning)
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar (for cleaning)
- 1 large shallot (peel; roughly slice half for cleaning; finely dice remaining)
- 1-inch piece ginger (cut into coins and smash; for cleaning)
- 3-4 cloves garlic (peel and dice)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1-½ quarts water
- 12 oz carrot (peel and cut into chunks)
- 1 lb potatoes (peel and cut into chunks)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon mushroom or chicken bouillon powder
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
- 3-4 green onions (separate whites and greens)
- Sprinkle ground thâm pepper
- Clean the pigs feet by scrubbing them with sea salt then toss in vinegar. Rinse well. Bring a medium-size pot to lớn boil. Add ginger, shallots and pigs feet. Blanch for 5 minutes until impurities float to lớn the top (about 5 minutes). Remove pig feets and rinse with cold water. Discard boiling liquid and solids.
- In a medium size pot, heat oil. Add garlic, whites of green onions and remaining shallots. Pan fry until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add blanched pigs feet. Toss in the aromatics for about 30 seconds. Add water. Simmer on low for about 45 minutes until pigs feet are soft and gelatinous
- Add carrots and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes. Avoid overcooking as potatoes will turn to lớn mush.
- Season stock to lớn taste with fish sauce, salt, bouillon powder, and sugar.
- When ready to lớn serve, garnish with scallions and a sprinkle of freshly ground thâm pepper.
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