The main secret to this addictive and appetite teaser is the sauce that cooks the pig's ears. It just won't do with the usual soy sauce as there are certain spice and herbs added to this special Marinade Sauce that gives the meat the pungentness that complements its taste. Nothing is complicated about this dish except for the tying up of the ears, which is required to form the swirls. After twisting and turning the twine around 4 ears, I believe pigs are stubborn animals!
3 or 4 pig's ears
3.5 cups water
1/2 cup of Marinade Sauce (Lee Kum Kee brand)
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1-1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 star anise
2 thumbsize knob of ginger
5 leaves of scallion
6 cloves of grated garlic
1 tbsp vinegar
1) Clean and wash the ears. Roll up each piece of ear from the pointed corner & randomly tie the twine around each, going in a circular motion from one end to another end.
2)Boil the ears in water for 15 minutes to soften it and cleanse the smell. Discard water and drain the ears and leave the twine intact.
3)Put all the sauce ingredients into a large simmering pot and add in the ears and simmer on low heat for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, depending on the number of ears.
4)Remove from sauce and rinse for 10 seconds with cold water and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour as this dish is served cold.
5)Cut the twine and slice to 1.5 cm slices and arrange on plate.
6)Prepare the dipping sauce by adding the vinegar to the garlic.
Serves: 4 persons