Chinese Boiled Pork with Star Anise & Fennel

Chinese Boiled Pork with Star Anise & Fennel

This is a simmered Chinese-style pork dish featuring star anise and fennel. Since it uses thinly sliced pork offcuts, it's also cheap to prepare!

Ingredients: 4 servings

Thinly sliced and chopped pork offcuts
220 g
Cellophane noodles (dried)
50 g
Dried Shiitake mushrooms (soak in water to reconstitute)
Green onion or scallion
5 cm
1 clove
1 piece
Star anise (optional)
Fennel seed
a pinch
400 ml
Chicken soup stock granules
2 teaspoons
Oyster sauce
2 tablespoons
to taste


1. Chop the green onion and the reconstituted shiitake mushrooms into rough pieces. Slice the garlic. Julienne the ginger. Cut the pork slices into uniform pieces.
2. Put some sesame oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger over medium heat until fragrant.
3. Add the pork slices and fry until lightly browned.
4. Add the star anise and fennel.
5. Add the water and the shiitake mushrooms. Bring to a boil and remove any scum that forms. If you kept the water that the mushrooms soaked in, add that too (adjust the water to taste).
6. Cut the cellophane noodles into short strands with scissors and add to the pan.
7. Add the chicken soup stock and the oyster sauce. Let it simmer for 10 minutes over low heat. Season with salt and it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

Since the side-dish was Chinese steamed rolls, I decided to make the main dish with Chinese chicken soup stock and oyster stock for a Chinese meal.