1largeeggplant(preferably the long Asian variety), diced
1/3cupsmooth peanut butter
cooking oil for deep frying
Arrange the pork belly slices in a wide shallow pan. Cover with water. Boil for 10 minutes.
Drain the pork belly and rinse well to remove scum. Discard the water.
Clean out the pan (or use another wide shallow pan) and spread the pork belly slices on the bottom. Pour in the broth and bring to the boil. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour or until tender. Halfway through the cooking time, taste the broth and add salt, if needed.
While the pork cooks, toast the rice flour in an oil-free frying pan over medium heat until lightly browned and nutty in aroma. Set aside.
Scoop out the pork belly slices, move to a rack and allow to cool.
Pour the broth into a pot and reheat. Dump in the annatto seeds and boil until the broth turns reddish. Scoop out the annatto seeds and discard.
Reheat the broth. Throw in the sitaw and cabbage wedges. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Scoop out, transfer to a plate and set aside. Do not turn off the heat.
Add the banana heart and eggplant to the boiling broth. Cook just until done, about 10 minutes. Scoop out, move to a plate and set aside.
Make the peanut sauce. Take out half a cup of the broth from the pan and pour into a heat proof bowl. Add the peanut butter and rice flour; stir until smooth.
Pour the peanut butter mixture into the hot broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until smooth and thickened. Set aside.
Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan. Fry the pork belly slices until browned and crisp. Do this in batches, if necessary, so that the pork slices do not touch one another during frying to ensure even cooking and browning.
Reheat the sauce. Add all the cooked vegetables, stirring gently. Cook just until simmering.
Pour the sauce and vegetables into a bowl. Top with the crispy pork belly. Serve immediately.
Click on the links in the ingredients list for more details about bone broth, annatto seeds and banana heart.
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