Firstly, I want to explain what a master stock is. A master stock originates from China so its base ingredients are typically chinese. This stock is a must for any kitchen that loves rich Asian flavours. Basically its a poaching liquid that is kept to repeatedly use over and over again adding flavour as it goes. So the story goes that in china there are master stocks that are hundreds of years old, that have been passed down through generations of cooks.
I hope one day I can pass mine down. The rules are simple really. Use it, freeze it, use it again within a month. If it’s getting near the end of the month and you think you wont be using it again in time, just take it out of the freezer, bring it to the boil cool and refreeze. How simple is that. There isn’t too much of a problem in our house using this once a month.
The ingredients I used the first time.
100 g Ketchup manis (Abc Sauce)
150 g Shaox Sheng Wine
50 g Soy (dark)
30 g Fish Sauce
20 g Mirren or you could use extra palm sugar
3 star anise
2 Tsp cumin powder
2 Tsp coriander powder
1 cassia bark or cinnamon stick broken in two.
a knob of ginger
4 cloves of garlic
Best to marinate your meat over night although I hardly ever know what I am having for my dinner a day in advance, but I do try.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and pour over your meat. You can use what you like really but I use pork mainly. chicken, beef spare ribs and duck are also good. Marinate over night if you have time then add enough water so that the mix sits just below the skin if using pork belly or at least 1/2 up the baking dish.
I cook this meat at 100c for about 4 -5 hours but 150 for a lot less is fine as well. Just keep an eye on the water level in the pan. Don’t let it fall too low to burn your stock and turn the meat a couple of times throughout the cooking process.
When finished let it rest for a while (minimum 15 mins) then pour off the stock into a container that can be frozen. Allow this to cool before freezing.
Like I said earlier use this once a month to keep it fresh and top up with any sauce or spices if needed. this will pick up more and more flavour as its used. YUMMM. Mine is about 5 years old now and it has a wonderful flavour profile.
If I find that I want to bump up some of the original flavours I just add a new batch to the old one.