I got into in my head to make Lo Mia Gai yesterday. No lotus leaves so I made it in small bowls.
No local BBQ pork so I bought a pack of uncooked fatty pork strips about 1/4" thick. To follow a googled homemade BBQ pork recipe I needed some five spice powder. I never have cared for the flavor though.
I didn't have any so decided to make a version recommended on line. She said when you make your own five spice powder it's way better than what you can buy.
I didn't have all the ingredients so this is what I used:
1t fresh ground nutmeg
Pinch of allspice
1 whole star anise
1T anise seeds
The zest of 1 orange
I fine ground the ingredients in a 'Magic Bullet'.
The scent was amazing!
I added this now fine powder to the other ingredients called for like honey etc.
I cut the pork strips into one inch pieces and slow simmered them for a few minutes then drained them and added them to the marinade. The recipe called for marinading for a couple of hours. I couldn't wait that long but it's likely the result would have been a bit better.
Having mixed the strips and the marinade together I covered a baking tray with tin foil and laid the pork pieces on the tray.
Into a preheated oven at 350F. Watched as after about fifteen minutes the BBQ pork turned a nice dark colour.
The result was at least as good as I've bought in Chinatown.
Added the BBQ pork to the steamed chicken pieces/chinese sausage etc.
Rubbed two bowls with cold duck fat. Lined the bowls with a one inch layer of sticky rice. Left room in the middle for the BBQ pork etc. Added more sticky rice to cover.
Into fridge. I 'nuked' each bowl upside down on a serving plate for 5 minutes before serving. Before serving I lifted off the bowl and there was a nice mound of as good a Lo Mia Gai, less the flavor of the lotus leaf as I've ever had. Next time I can I'll get some lotus leaves.
IMO the homemade five spice powder with the orange zest added a lot of subtle flavor.
Making really tasty Dim Sum/Chinese food has always eluded me. I'm determined this year to get at least modest results.
I now have stir frying veg down. Beef and broccoli down. Now Lo Mia Gai. Next up the see-through homemade Ha Gow/dumplings/Siu Mai/pot stickers/spring rolls etc.