Passion for Pork

Star Anise Braised Pork Cheek Baos with Truffle Recipe

Mijune - Sunday, July 26, 2015




Star Anise Braised Pork Cheeks with Truffle Powder

Recipe by Angus An

Truffle powder

100ml canola oil
25 ml truffle oil
1teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cup of maltodextrin


blend everything together with hand blender. Powder should be lose and flavourful.


Pork Braise base

3 g of white peppercorns
8 g star anise
10 g dried orange peel (homemade prefered)
10 g cassia bark
40 g fried shallots
15 g fried garlic
3 pandanus leaves
2.5 L chicken stock
100 g oyster sauce
100 g fish sauce

5 lbs of pork cheeks


toast all the spices and simmer with the stock. (keep the spices in the liquid) Add all the seasoning and is ready to use. Cut off the sliver skin on the pork cheek, blanch from cold water 1st. Once blanched, cover with the braising liquid and cook until tender. It is important for the braise to cool down in it’s liquid to prevent from drying out. Once the pork cheeks are cool enough to touch, remove from liquid and use the liquid to make the sauce.



1lb palm sugar
braising liquid above, strained
1 tbl white pepper
Zest of 1 orange


caramelized the palm sugar, and pour in the braising liquid. Be careful that it will splater. Check the aromatic levels of the sauce, if the spices aren’t showing well, put a small about of each of the above spices into the sauce to bring out the freshness in the spices of the sauce. Reduce the sauce until a glaze consistency. Check seasoning, season with more fish sauce if too sweet.


To Serve

pork cheek 5 unit
sauce 65 g
sliced bok choy 4 half
fried garlic 1 tbsp
fried shallots 1 tbsp
micro celery 5 g
truffle oil 2 drop
truffle powder 1 tbsp


in a pot reheat the pork cheek with sauce, glaze until coated. Pour the sauce on the base of the bowl and plate the pork around it. Sit the bok choy on the side of the pork cheeks and garnish with fried shallts and garlic, and truffle powder. Drizzle a couple of drops of truffle oil, and serve with steam buns. When in season, Shaved black truffles could be added on top or in place of truffle oil and powder.