• Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cook Time 90 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Easy, Hard, Normal

Recipe Description

Vinegar Pig’s Trotter is believed by the Chinese to heal mother’s who gave birth recently. The meat and fat melt down like jelly after boiling for an hour, a perfect comfort food.

Recipe Ingredient

  • 1.7lit water
  • 1.5kg pig's trotter, chopped into 3cm pieces
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 500g old ginger, scrape off the skin and lightly crush
  • 550ml black vinegar
  • 600ml sweet vinegar
  • 560ml water
  • 1 whole bulb garlic, keep whole
  • 125g palm sugar
  • 6 dried red chillies
  • Thick soy sauce


  1. Boil a pot of water and scald trotter for 7-8 minutes. Drain and rinse well.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a saucepan. Fry ginger until golden brown and aromatic.
  3. Dish out and place ginger into a claypot. Pour in black and sweet vinegar, water and garlic. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until ginger is soft. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and leave the sauce aside overnight.
  5. Put trotter, palm sugar and dried chillies into the prepared sauce. Bring to a simmering boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and cook covered for 45-50 minutes. Close the pot and allow the trotters to soak in the stock until the meat absorbs the flavour of the soup.
  7. Stir in a little thick soy sauce for colour, if preferred.

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