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Red Fermented Bean Curd Braised Pig’s Trotters (南乳燘猪手)


Red Fermented Bean Curd Braised Pig's Trotters (南乳燘猪手)

This dish is a traditional Chinese delicacy, known for its rich flavors and tender meat that falls off the bone, all infused with the unique taste and aroma of red fermented bean curd.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 4 pig’s trotters front or hind, cleaned and chopped into pieces
  • 4 pieces of red fermented bean curd 南乳
  • 2 tablespoons of the sauce from the red fermented bean curd
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce for color
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 piece of ginger sliced
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 500 ml water or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Green onions and cilantro for garnish



  • Parboil the pig’s trotters: Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the pig’s trotters, and boil for about 5 minutes to remove impurities. Drain and rinse the trotters under cold water.


  • In a bowl, mash the red fermented bean curd into a paste and mix it with its sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and dark soy sauce. Marinate the trotters in this mixture for at least 30 minutes.

Cook the Trotters:

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger, and sauté until fragrant.
  • Add the marinated trotters to the pot along with star anise and cinnamon stick. Stir to mix well.
  • Cook for a few minutes until the trotters start to brown slightly.


  • Add sugar and stir until it begins to caramelize, which will add a rich color and flavor to the dish.
  • Pour in enough water to nearly cover the trotters. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 2-3 hours, or until the meat is very tender and the sauce has thickened. Check periodically and add more water if needed to prevent drying out.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Once the meat is tender and the sauce is rich and flavorful, adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve hot, garnished with chopped green onions and cilantro.

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