Heat cooking oil in a wide and deep pan.
Once the oil is hot, pan fry the pork chops turning them over once each side turns light to medium brown (this will take around 3 to 5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of your pork chops).
Put-in the garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Continue to cook until the garlic turns light brown (2 to 3 minutes).
Pour-in water and soy sauce. Bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer until the liquid reduces to half (around 40 to 50 minutes). You can add more water if needed.
Pour-in the vinegar. Let the liquid boil. Stir and continue to cook (uncovered) for 10 minutes.
Add salt if needed. The soy sauce alone gives this dish enough saltiness. You can add salt according to your preference.
Serve with steamed white rice.
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