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The Best And Most Surprising Food For Healthy Skin – Braised Pork Feet

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It’s human nature to have a youthful appearance. Many people try collagen injection or other types of cosmetic surgery to delay the aging process, even though nobody can actually avoid it. I don’t know about you, but I would never spend a fortune to get something temporary done on my face. I believe nature has an intention for a more graceful “fix”. Today’ recipe Braised pig feet is a traditional authentic Chinese food dish, belonging to Sichuan Cuisine (such as mapo Chinese bean curd), Hunan or Cantonese Cuisine (such as moo goo gaipan dish). It’s called the “beauty food” because of the rich collagen protein and low fat content. It can prevent wrinkles and enhance skin elasticity.

The collagen in pig feet contains a number of amino acids, and there is one amino acid in every three glycine. After eating pig feet, collagen protein can be digested to a large number of protein acid glycine in human intestinal. The leucine is not only involved in the synthesis of collagen in the human body, but also served as the central nervous inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain cells. Therefore, it can produce a calming effect on the central nervous system.


The collagen can also promote hair and nail growth. Regular consumption of pig feet can also effectively prevent the nutritional disorders, gastrointestinal bleeding, and hemorrhagic shock. It can also improve the body’s microcirculation, which can prevent or alleviate coronary heart disease and ischemic encephalopathy. For surgery and recovering from a serious illness for the elderly, it can help restore normal physiological function of cells and accelerate metabolism.

  • If you are not familiar with pig feet and wonder if it’s healthy to you, here is the nutrition information for every 100 g pig feet: calories 259 kcal, thiamine 0.05 mg, calcium 33 mg, protein 23.6 g, riboflavin 0.1mg,  magnesium 5 mg, fat 18.8g, niacin 1.5 mg, iron 1.1 mg, zn 1.14 g, vitamin A 35 g, cholesterol 192 g, potassium 54 g, phosphorus 33 g. 

 

Ingredients:

pig feet 2, cut to pieces
dry red pepper 5
rock candy 3-6
light soy sauce 2 tablespoon
dark soy sauce 1 tablespoon
cooking wine 1 tablespoon
five-spice powder 1/2 teaspoon
bay leaves 2
star anise 3
szechuan peppercorn 10
amomum tsaoko (optional)
ginger 3 slices
salt, to taste
oil

(Chinese Cooking 101: An Ultimate Guide To Essential Chinese Cooking Ingredients)

 

Steps:

1. Clean pig feet and scrap off bristles. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Boil pig feet. Remove and drain.
2. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan over low heat. Add rock candy. Wait until it melts slowly and bubbles emerge.
3. Add pig feet in the pan. Stir-fry over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
4. Add star anise, bay leaves, ginger, amomum tsaoko (if available), 1 tablespoon cooking wine, 2 tablespoon light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce, dry red pepper, szechuan peppercorn and 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder. Continue to stir-fry.
5. Transfer to a crockpot or pressure cooker. Add some warm or hot water to cover all ingredients. If you use crockpot, cook for 1 hour. If pressure cooker, just cook for 20 minutes.
6. Transfer to a pan. Thicken the sauce over high heat. Add salt to taste.
Ready to serve! Enjoy!

 

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