Chinese babi pangang, crispy pieces of meat with a delicious glossy sweet sauce, like you can get at a take out at the Dutch Chinese. Who needs to order take-out when you've got this delicious recipe? Fast food, homemade and delicious.
1. - Kecap Manis - A sweet Indonesian soy sauce that is syrupy. It adds some sweetness and soy flavor. You can find it in (Asian) supermarkets. But you can also make it yourself. Prepare Homemade Kecap Manis: In a saucepan use ¼ cup soy sauce and ¼ cup brown sugar. Heat, while stirring, on medium until the sugar is dissolved. Let it simmer for a few minutes until the sauce becomes slightly thicker (like honey). Then turn off the heat and let it cool to room temperature. It will thicken when it cools down.2. - Gammon Ham Steak - This can be substituted with Pork Belly3. - Sambal Oelek - If you can't get Sambal substitute it with Sriracha or Asian Chili Paste.4. - Sherry - can be substitute with dry white wine, dry bourbon, or Saké.5. - Deep-Fried - If you want a more crunchy variety, just like with the Dutch Chinese, you can achieve it as follows. Use for this as meat (belly) bacon or pork neck. Cut the meat into thick slices. First, you marinate the meat for at least 2 hours (in the marinate that you can find in the recipe). Then you cook the meat for 40 minutes in vegetable stock to which you add the marinade. Heat the deep fryer to 350 °F (180 °C) and fry the meat for 2 to 3 minutes until crispy. Drain on kitchen paper and serve topped with the sauce.6. - Storage
You prefer to make the meat on the day when serving. Otherwise, it will lose its crispy texture. But if you want to store it anyway, store it without sauce and warm it up in the oven at 350 °F (200 °C). You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months. But the structure will change slightly after reheating.
Store the leftover Babi Pangang sauce for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze it for up to 2 months.
Don't store when the meat is mixed with the sauce. The meat won't be crunchy anymore. This combination doesn't freeze very well.
7. - Nutritional Value Per serving assuming 4 servings. Probably this is overstated because of any leftover sauce.