Pork in sweet soy recipe

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This Balinese sweet pork dish, with a hint of ginger and plenty of chilies to spice it up, often appears on festive occasions.


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3-4 shallots, peeled and sliced 5 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 1½ lbs (750 g) boneless pork shoulder or leg, cubed
  • 3 in (8 cm) ginger, peeled and sliced lengthwise
  • 4 tablespoons sweet Indonesian soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 cups (500 ml) Chicken Stock
  • 4-5 bird's-eye chilies, left whole
How to Make It
  1. Heat the oil in a wok or heavy saucepan. Add the shallots and garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes over medium heat or until lightly colored. Add the pork and ginger and continue to stir-fry for 2 more minutes over high heat. Add both types of soy sauces and black pepper and continue stir-frying for 1 minute.
  2. Pour in the Chicken Stock and chilies and simmer over medium heat for approximately 1 hour. When done, there should be very little sauce left and the meat should be shiny and dark brown. If the meat becomes too dry during cooking, add a little Chicken Stock.

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