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       Title: FANTASY PORK
  Categories: Meats, Oriental
       Yield: 10 servings
  
       5 lb Fresh ham
       8    Scallions
       3 tb Peanut oil
       8 sl Fresh ginger
       4    Garlic cloves
            - peeled and crushed
 
 ----------------------BRAISING LIQUID----------------------
       5 c  Hot water
       1 c  Dark soy sauce
       1 c  Rice wine or dry sherry
       3 tb Roasted Sichuan peppercorns
            -(whole)
       6 tb Rock or ordinary sugar
       4    Star anise
       2    Cinnamon sticks or bark
       2 ts Five-spice powder
       1 ts Salt
  
   DRY THE HAM THOROUGHLY with paper towels. Cut the
   scallions into 3-inch segments. Choose a heavy
   casserole or pot, large enough to hold the ham
   comfortably. Heat the pot and then add the oil,
   ginger, garlic and scallions, and stir-fry in the pot
   for 2 minutes. Push the aromatics to the side and
   brown the ham on each side until it has some color, 10
   to 15 minutes. Pour off the oil. Add all the braising
   liquid ingredients to the pot and bring the mixture to
   a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover tightly
   and cook for about 4 1/2 hours, turning the ham from
   time to time. When the ham is tender, remove it gently
   with a large spatula. The meat should be literally
   falling apart. Place it on a serving platter. Strain
   the sauce, skim off any surface fat, and reduce the
   liquid until it is slightly thick. Pour this over the
   ham and serve.
  
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