Kao ka moo is a delicious Thai brazed pork dish usually made with pork leg. It is so nice slowly brazed in the authentic way but today I decided to mix it all up with this Thai/German inspired schweinshaxe.
I lived in Germany for a few years while at uni and pork schweinshaxe was one of my favourite dishes. The meat is so fall about tender and that crispy crackling is to die for.
We cook German scheinshaxe often at home but today I wanted to give it a Thai touch and it worked amazingly well.
The Thai inspired pork knuckle and sauce can be served with Jasmine rice or rice noodles.
How to get the best results…
The best results are down to your own personal preferences and the heat that you cook the pork at. Good pork shank with lots of crispy crackling takes time.
You need to cooke the pork on a very low heat for a couple of hours before cranking up the heat for the finale. All is explained in the recipe below.
Once your sauce is finished, taste it. You could adjust the flavours by adding more sugar for sweetness, soy sauce or fish sauce for saltiness and of course more chillies if you want more spice.
For even more flavour, simmer the stock ingredients for about 30 minutes. This can be done a day ahead of time and the sauce will benefit from your additional work.
To get a crispier cracking, take the pork shanks out of the packaging and put on a plate in the fridge overnight. This will dry the skin and make it even more delicious once cooked.
You could also rub salt into the skin the night before.
Do I have to use pork shanks?
No. This recipe calls for pork shanks because we are making schweinshaxe. You could use any cuts you like. Pork should and leg both work well too.
Make this recipe your own…
First of all, you might have noticed that the recipe calls for four shanks but I have only cooked three. Well, it’s only my daughter, wife and me here experiencing these crazy times like you. So that was enough for us.
So then, feel free to adjust this recipe to your own liking. I have made the sauce quite mild with only two chillies. Go ahead and spice the sauce up to your liking. Add more chillies if you like. I would if I weren’t cooking for my wife and daughter.
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