I admit it took me much longer for my second blog post than I anticipated… Mostly because I could not decide which recipe I would like to post.
After doing far too much thinking i realized that all my favorites will end up on this blog at one point anyway, so why stress about it? So true…
So here it is the final decision: My Indonesian Pork!
I had this dish when I went to Pulau Bintan – a beautiful Indonesian island just off the coast from Singapore and it was amazing! After being in Singapore many times I concocted a trip to Bintan with a co worker and it was special in every way… Not only the beautiful white beaches and the sparse beach front cabana that builds character were memorable – no, also the army of sand flees and the hours we spent nursing our Boo Boos while enjoying the most delicious food – and although it was simple – just rice and pork – we were totally satisfied.
Years later I found the recipe in an Asian cookbook by Jody Vassallo and started to experience with it. My first try came out far to spicy so I substituted a few items to make it just spicy enough for my taste.. When I cooked it the first time for my husband and kids I was surprised how much they loved it and that they actually wanted more!
feeds 6 – Prep time: 30 min – Cook time: 15 min
1.5 Pounds of Pork Tenderloin
3 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp Soysauce
1 tsp ground Ginger
some Oil for the Wok or Skillet – I use Sunflower or Avocado Oil
1 yellow Onion
3 cloves of garlic
2 inches of fresh ginger (take only 1 inch if you like it less spicy)
1 Tbsp of Black Bean Garlic Sauce
1/2 tsp Chili powder (optional)
1/2 cup of water
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
Start with cutting the pork into bite size pieces – that way you can eat it with only one utensil (especially a win with kids)
Put the pork in a bowl and add the flour, soysauce and the ground ginger – marinate for 30 min
Meanwhile cut the onion, garlic and ginger into very small pieces
When the meat is done marinating heat the oil in a wok or a large skillet and cook the pork until you don’t see any raw spots. Make sure the heat is all the way up and that you keep stirring to get the meat evenly cooked…
When the pork is cooked add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook on lower heat for 2 min
Add the Black Bean Sauce, the Chili Powder (which is optional – I do still add it even if I serve it to my children) and the water and let it all cook on low heat for approximately 5 min
The pork will get a thick stew like consistency and when it’s ready make sure that you add the lemon juice after you have taken the wok or skillet of the heat
I usually serve the pork with plain white or brown rice and a few simple undressed slices of cucumber and tomato to add a healthy veggie to our dinner. Seasoned rice or dressing for the salad would overwhelm the intense taste of this beloved pork dish and are simply not necessary!
Selamat makan – Enjoy your meal