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Jan 17, 2013 11:55 AM

what to do with pork hocks?

I picked up a kilo of frozen sliced pork hocks today. The intention was to use them with beef in pho, didn't realize pho broth is strictly beef, thought I read somewhere that it was a mixture of both. Anyhow, now I have hocks and no clue what to do with them.

Any ideas?

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  1. PS, I love Asian broths and foods, perhaps something in that area of the world.

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    1. They are great cooked with your choice of dried beans. Or a 'boiled dinner'-chunks of potato, carrot, onion and celery.

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      1. re: sparrowgrass

        really? have to admit, doesn't sound very tasty LOL!

        1. re: cleopatra999

          goodness alive… beans or greens are the very best!

          for example, this white bean, chard, hock & gruyere crouton dish:

          1. re: alkapal

            LOL! never had it! Do you have a recipe I can look at?

            1. re: cleopatra999

              check my link above (edit). i'd probably add some garlic, too…

              here is a khmer pork hock noodle soup -->

          2. re: cleopatra999

            ggodness alive… beans or greens are the very best!

        2. Are they frozen all stuck together? If not, or if you can separate, I'd keep them individually frozen and use them to season greens and beans. I also recently made an amazing tripe stew and the tripe initially cooked with a hock.

          1. Many Asian recipes for soup are pork based it for another day when you make pho and see which one you prefer.

            Make a soup, stew, casserole or claypot....If you want to try another Asian dish...

            Combine the hocks with, any or all,..... dried mushrooms, ginko nuts, chestnuts, lotus root, daikon, taro, wood ear fungus, bamboo shoots an waterchestnuts

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            1. re: fourunder

              They are separate, but frozen in one tray.

              I have been looking into a ramen or wonton soup. Proper Tonkatsu broth looks a little finicky for me, might start with Wonton. I have some nice prawns to use up too, would be a lovely soup!

              Unfortunately Fourunder I cannot get most of those ingredients where I live.

              1. re: cleopatra999

                ramen broth is what I was thinking, too. Really though, just some pork stock for any purpose would be worthwhile, especially if you can freeze some.

                Or split pea soup.

              1. re: letsindulge

                I like that idea, but not sure if I can find hominy, however I will likely be down in the states in the next couple weeks. Probably no problem there.