Chapter 6 – Grilled Pork Intestine Skewers
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Shortly after the sun has risen, Shiyu’s meatbuns were all sold out. While they were packing up, quite a few asked them if they would be back tomorrow.
Back at their residence, they began to count up their money. Though it was not a lot, every was felt very happy.
“What do you want to eat? This sister will buy for you!” Shiyu declared with great enthusiasm.
“Chicken!” Xiao Wu shouted, his mouth already drooling.
Lao Er immediately tugged his shirt, he looked up at Shiyu with his little face, “Sister, just buy whatever you think is good. We don’t have a lot of money now, let’s eat that when we have more money.”
Shiyu felt very moved by this. Though Lao Er was only 12 or 13, he already understood their situation. She smiled, “I’ll go shop for ingredients now, Lao Er, you take the rest with you to collect wild vegetables. Xiao Qi, you come with me. Grandpa, please clean up our cart.”
With the work divided up, they all went their way. Shiyu took some money from the little pile and went to the market with Xiao Qi.
After getting more pork, the butcher also gave them some pork bones and offal out of pity. They also got another bag of flour and a bag of rice. There was also enough money to get a whole chicken.
At the end of her shopping spree, there was only 3 copper coins left. After rounding a corner, the money was spent on a bag of sweets for Xiao Qi.
After the shopping spree, there was still plenty of daylight when they got home. The offal they’ve been soaking since yesterday were taken out, and water changed. The stinky smell on the offal were not quite as strong as before. Since it was still early, Shiyu began to process the offal.
Since offal were stinky and difficult to clean, not many people liked them. It was normally thrown away as rubbish. However, once it was properly cleaned and cooked, it could even be tastier than the best cuts of meat.
First, the fat clinging to the intestines should be trimmed off. Next, the intestines were turned inside out and flour was massaged onto it.
Unfortunately, after massaging the flour in for a while, Shiyu’s hands cramped up. This body was just too young, not strong enough. A chef must be physically strong in order to be successful, looks like she’ll have to work hard to build up her stamina.
It was grandpa who noticed her exhaustion, and quickly came over to help. When the offal were more or less cleaned by the flour, it was rinsed off with clean water and placed on a clean bowl and immersed in clean water with a along with a bit of vinegar.
This way, the large intestines were now cleaned. She placed the large intestines in a pot to be boiled before cutting them into pieces. Once that was done, she went on towards the small intestines and tripe.
It was almost noon before everything was done. Shiyu was so tired that her waist hurt. The small intestines and tripe were kept aside for the moment. She fished out the cooked large intestines and cut them into pieces with a pair of scissors. Next, the fat she had trimmed off the intestines were placed in a wok and to be turned into crispy pork lard.
The moment fat is heated up, oil will flow out. In a short while she managed to collect a small bowl of pork oil. Shiyu collected all the crispy pork lard placed them in a bowl. They were incredibly fragrant and crispy, perfect as a side dish. Crispy pork lard could also be crushed and placed on noodles or rice. A perfectly versatile dish.
Now that all the crispy lard had been taken out, Shiyu threw in slices of onions and garlic into the remaining oil. When the the ingredients became fragrant, she set the oil aside.
“Oh, it’s so fragrant!” The little radishes were back from the vegetable expedition and were now sniffing after Shiyu.
Shiyu gave them the crispy pork lard, “Go and share that out.”
Xiao Qi also took out the sweets from earlier and everything was shared out.
Under the shade of the big tree, the children shared out their treats while Grandpa sorted out the vegetables. Soon, a wonderful smell started to float over. Lao Er leaned against a large tree root, and felt that life was really good now.
The rice on the stove was starting to give off steam, the pork bones had been made into soup.
Shiyu brought out the large intestines and asked them to start a fire.
“Elder sister, what are we having for lunch today?” Xiao Wu drooled as he asked.
“Something that you haven’t had before.” Shiyu said. “You’ll know soon.”
Lao Er collected a bundle of firewood and struck up an open flame. Shiyu had found a metal skewer and proceeded to string the large intestines onto it. First she reduced the amount of liquid on the surface of the meat, before dipping them in a sauce. It was a fairly simple sauce consisting of fragrant lard, cooked minced, and a bit of bone broth. The slightly sizzling intestines were immersed in the sauce for a couple of seconds and taken out to let the sauce drip off. Finally, she grilled the meat again, this time letting it turn a crisp golden brown. Until an irresistible smell drifted from it.
“So fragrant!” The children were all drooling by now.
Shiyu grinned. After a sprinkle of salt and a final pass over strong flame, she pushed the meat off the skewer and handed it to them. “Have a taste!”
The freshly grilled meat was a little scalding, however, because it was still sizzling hot that it was especially delicious. The moment you bite through the crispy surface, a sudden burst of juiciness exploded in your mouth. The intestines were incredibly chewy, without a hint of stink. In fact, the more you chew, the tastier it became.
Shiyu only stopped after grilling up a whole plate. She was about to bring the rice over when there was a knock at the door.
She opened the door and was greeted by an elderly woman. In her arms was a tearful little girl. When she saw Shiyu, she smiled self deprecatingly, “We live next door. I’m not sure what you’re cooking, but our little one kept crying, insisting that she wants to eat it. I’m just here to ask, I can buy it later on my own.”
Shiyu was amused, “It’s a new recipe. Let me bring some for it.” with that, she went to the kitchen and brought out a small bowl of grilled intestines. “You’re just in time to help me taste test.”
The elderly woman was really embarrassed, however, when she saw the bowl contained nothing she had ever seen before, she could only accept it with a smile, “Then, please accept my thanks, little miss. We are all neighbours here, so please don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.”
“That’s wonderful, I might take you up on it, so please ignore my impudence.” Shiyu smiled.
After sending the elderly woman off, Shiyu had a thought, collected the intestines into several small bowls and instructed Lao Er to bring the other kids with him to hand them out to their immediate neighbours.
Now that they live here, it would be good to foster good relationship with the neighbours. A better relationship would make their life easier.
When the little duty was done, the whole family sat down to enjoy a hot and hearty lunch.
Later in the day, neighbours started to visit their house bearing small gifts. These ranged from various kinds of vegetables and fruits from their own little garden, these were all a gesture of goodwill.
Shiyu accepted the gifts with a smile.
A short after lunch rest later, she surveyed the empty land in their little garden and tried to decide if it was a good place to grow vegetables.
Then, she caught sight of the live chicken sitting in its basket under the tree, and her mind went over different kinds of chicken recipes.
Xiao Wu was the one who wants chicken, who knows what the rest wants…
She was still considering her options when her heart suddenly went thump!
Shiyu suddenly had an idea where this divine thingy might be located…
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