What's up guys! Today, Rei and I are gonna show you how to cook Laing Laing is a Filipino vegetable dish that consists of dried taro leaves, pork, and dried salted shrimp, all infused in a spicy, coconut cream sauce
To make Laing, first pour in two to three tablespoons of oil into a deep pan, over medium heat Then drop in one small onion that's been thinly sliced into little rainbows Sauté your onions until they're translucent Next, add in one entire bulb of minced garlic and sauté it until it starts to get fragrant We know, it's a lot of garlic, but it's about to be bomb AF
Afterwards, add in one tablespoon of minced ginger and continue to sauté everything for about a minute or so Once your sauté is looking good, add in around one and a half pounds of pork butt, cut into roughly half inch cubes Laing typically doesn't have this much meat, but we love our pork So why not? Stir your cubes of pork around for about 7 to 10 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked You also have the option of using other cuts of pork like pork shoulder or pork belly, but it's really up to you
When your meat is done, create space in the center of the pan and drop in half a tablespoon of shrimp paste Specifically the pink kind The pink type has a saltier flavor profile, which is what we want Whereas the brown alternative is, sweeter Cook it for about 15 seconds or so and then mix it in with the pork
Then go ahead and add in half a cup of dried salted shrimp and cook it for another minute to a minute and a half At this point, pour in three and a half cups of coconut cream And bring it to a gentle simmer Simmer everything for about 15 minutes and occasionally mix the ingredients to help prevent it from curdling Afterwards, drop in four ounces of dry taro leaves and lower the heat to medium or medium low
Now carefully soak and fold over the pork and coconut cream over the taro leaves Once the leaves are completely wilted and most of the coconut cream is absorbed, pour in three and a half cups of coconut milk Simmer and stir the coconut milk for about 2 minutes or until it's fully incorporated Next add in 6 to 10 chopped Thai chilies, or as many as you can handle! And mix them in if you want to add a little more color to the dish, you also have the option of using red Thai chilies instead At this point, taste your Laing to check if it needs any salt
In our case, we ended up adding an additional half a teaspoon of salt Keep cooking everything over medium-low heat and continuously stir for another 10 minutes or so And then you're done! If you're a fan of Thai coconut curries, Laing shares similar flavor profiles to them and is a dish definitely worth trying out We're not LYING when we say this LAING is talagang tasty!