We know that meat contains a number of important nutrients that are needed by our bodies for carrying out vital metabolic functions and provide us with energy and keep us healthy. Therefore, meat is one of the most popular foods in our diets.
Meat has various kinds and for “thitkho” (simmered meat) we also have a wide range of choices like pork, beef, chicken, duck. We can make numerous delicious dishes from them, such as” thitkho tau”(meat simmered in a clay pot), “ thitkho dua”(meat simmered with coconuts), “ thit bo kho hat dua” (beef stewed with seeds of water-melon), “ giolonkho dua” (pork-pie braised with coconuts) or “ ga khochao”.
Although there are a large number of dishes related to “thitkho”, the method of cooking are similar. To be specific, the process of making “thitkho tau” will be introduced as follows.
First of all, we need to prepare the ingredients: sugar, pepper, red chilli, a coconut, salt, garlic, onion, “keo dang” and lean pork. The pork is washed carefully and then cut into small square pieces, marinated with pepper, sugar and salt and left for two hours, while we boil a pot filled with coconut juice.
After that, we put pork into the boiled coconut juice, maintain a low level of fire and ensure the level of coconut juice, if it dries, we pour a little water into the pot. When the meat changes colour, we add “keo dang” to the pot. And we simmer the pot until the sauce is thick and coats the meat.
“Thit kho tau”is really gorgeous and can be served with various kinds of food but is especially suitable for using with steamed rice.
In general, making the “kho” dish is not difficult but requires patience. Because no oil needs to be added with this cooking technique, food cooked in this method may be lower in fat compared with food prepared by other methods such as sautéing or frying. And unlike boiling, the nutrients are not leached out into the water. The food is not only delicious but also good for our health.
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