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Steamed pork and fish meatloaf recipe.

This was supposed to be an authentic Indonesian “otak-otak” (that’s what the recipe book claimed anyway). I was quite excited to make it, since I had one frozen dory left and I was itching to use it.

Alas, luck was not on my side as I realised the dory was too small even for 1 person…

So, without so much of a blink, I decided to incorporate pork into the dish. And hence, the dish had to be renamed to “Steamed pork & fish meatloaf”. I’ll make real otak-otak another time..

# – Steamed pork & fish meatloaf, served with rice.

Funny thing was, the BF was unable to ascertain that there was pork in there. I guess if you blitzed the mixture fine enough you really can’t tell what it is. He was really surprised to know that there was pork!

The ingredients:

  • 200 grams of pork, cut into cubes
  • 120 grams of boneless white fish fillet (I used dory), cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5-7 shallots
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 100 ml of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

# – First of all, chuck the fish into a blender or food processors. Give it a blitz.

# – Then, add the pork.

# – Followed by the shallots, garlic cloves & chopped onion.

# – Pour in the coconut milk. Blend till combined.

# – Add the salt, lemon/lime juice, white pepper and chilli powder.

# – Blend till fine.

# – Lay a clingwrap film over a chopping board.

# – Scoop half the paste onto the middle of the film.

# – Fold the bottom part of the film over the paste.

# – Then fold the part with the paste inside over the top of the film.

# – Tie a knot on each end to form a sort of Christmas popper shape…like this.

# – Wrap the parcels in aluminium foil.

# – Stick them in the steamer for 20 minutes.

# – When it’s done, cut the clingwrap film and carefully remove it. Let the loaf stays in the foil.

# – This is optional, but you could use a kitchen torch to crispen the top a bit. Otherwise stick in the oven in grill mode for 5 minutes at 210 degrees celcius.

# – Steamed pork and fish meatloaf, DONE! Instead of rice, you can serve it with grated cauliflower for a slow carb option.

The looks were nothing to shout about but it was juicy, tender and very flavoursome. It’s also really healthy because as you probably have noticed, there’s not a drop of oil used in making this dish!

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Grilled mustard pork chop recipe.

I made this for dinner today. It was totally experimental but thank goodness, they turned out delicious!

BF was pleased :)

# – Grilled mustard pork chop.

The ingredients:

  • 350 grams of pork chops (4 pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 4 cloves of garlic, lightly squashed

# – First, pound the pork chops to sort of tenderise them.

# – To marinade the chops, add two tablespoons of mustard.

# – Add in a couple of dashes of chilli powder.

# – Followed by a sprinkling of cinnamon powder.

# – Throw in a few mashed up garlic cloves.

# – Mix everything up and make sure the chops are evenly coated. Set in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.

# – Heat up oil in a griddle.

# – Lay the porks on the griddle for about 3 minutes.

# – Flip to cook the other sides. Also about 3 minutes.

# – Grilled mustard pork chops, DONE!

The chops were juicy with a subtle mustard garlicky flavour to the chops. I served them with garlic cannellini bean mash (will blog about the mash tomorrow) and simple salad of lettuce with cherry tomatoes.

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Hate it or Love it Pork Supreme Recipe.

My apologies for the name of the dish. Honestly, I don’t know what to call it. It’s nothing like I’ve ever tasted before and it’s not even a real dish as far as I’m concerned.

I was having a bad case of monthlies (I still am, actually) but dinner needed to be cooked. I opened my fridge and the bottles of hot broad bean sauce and tamarind paste happened to be right in front of me. I couldn’t even muster up the strength to push the bottles away and check out what other ingredients were behind them.

Not to mention, I should have used chicken stock or something but my legs were so wobbly I wasn’t sure if I could stand long enough to dissolve some chicken stock cubes in water so I ended up using apple juice instead. Which, of course was conveniently located right next to the bottle of tamarind sauce.

The result was a dish of tender pork cubes submerged in a rich, flavoursome, sweet and sourish sauce with a bit of heat to boot. Surprisingly quite a lot of depth of flavours for something cooked under the influence of blood loss and pain killers.

For the marinade:

  • 300 grams of pork, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of corn flour
  • 1 tablespoon of chinese rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon of hot broad bean paste (dao ban jiong)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of shallots, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger, minced
  • 100 ml of pure apple juice

# – First, marinade the pork for at least 1 hour in the chinese rice wine, corn flour and oyster sauce. Keep chilled in the fridge till ready to be used.

# – In a pan, fry up the minced garlic, ginger and shallots.

# – Add a tablespoon of hot broad bean sauce.

# – Followed by half a tablespoon of tamarind paste.

# – Next, throw in the pork. Stir.

# – Add the apple juice. If you don’t like too much sauce, reduce liquid by half. Stir till pork’s cooked through.

# – Hate it or Love it Pork Supreme, DONE!

The sauce was appetising and wonderful with rice. As the title goes, you may either hate or love this dish. I say this because it’s a very interesting and unique flavour (no, not in a repulsive sort of way hahaha). My best suggestion is to try it out and then decide for yourself.

That said, the next time I make this dish (yes, I’ll make it again), I would make a few changes though. For one, I will cut the pork into thin square slices rather than cubes and brown them in a pan first before chucking them into the sauce…purely for texture & aesthetic reasons.

Have a good week peeps!

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