Pressure Cooker Chinese Pork with Dried Plum Sauce (dadcooksdinner)

3 – 4 lb pork shoulder roast, cut into 1 1/2″ – 2″ cubes, trimmed of as much fat as possible
4 T soy sauce, divided
1 t vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1″ fresh ginger, grated
2 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1″ lengths
2 c chicken stock (preferably homemade chicken stock) or water
2 c pitted dried plums (also known as prunes)
1 T seasoned rice vinegar or dry sherry

Season and sear pork in 3 batches: In a large bowl, toss the cubes of pork with 2 T soy sauce. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat in your pressure cooker pot until it is shimmering. Add half the pork, and sear for 2 min per side, or until well browned. Remove browned pork to a bowl. Add the second half of the pork to the pot, and sear for 2 min per side. Move the second batch into to the bowl with the rest of the browned pork. Pour off all but 2 T oil and fat in the cooker. Add onion, garlic, ginger and scallions to the pot, and saute for 5 min or until the onions are softened. Add chicken stock to the pot, increase the heat to high, and scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen any browned bits from the bottom. Add seared pork, plums, 2 T soy sauce and vinegar to the pot and stir until well mixed. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Wait for the pressure cooker to come up to high pressure, then lower the heat to maintain that pressure and cook for 15 min. Remove from the heat, allow the pressure to come down naturally for 10 – 15 min then quick release any remaining pressure. Remove pork to a serving platter with a slotted spoon. Let the sauce rest in the pot for 10 min then skim off as much fat as you can from the surface. Using a stick blender, puree the liquid in the pressure cooker to make a thick sauce.  Taste the sauce and add more soy sauce or vinegar if you think it needs it.  Pour the sauce over the pork on the platter and serve.

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