Create a delicious fakeaway meal in your own home with this amazing Chinese Pork, a main dish that's perfect for lovers of Chinese cuisine. This easy recipe pairs wonderfully with white rice and stir-fried bok choy.
Chinese food has long been a go-to comfort dish for many, but what's the best way to enjoy an authentic Chinese meal without worrying about calories or delivery fees? That's where this delicious Chinese pork recipe comes into play.
The Origin of Chinese Pork
Similar to Chinese Char Siu Pork, this Chinese BBQ pork recipe has its roots in Cantonese cuisine. The term "Char Siu" literally translates to "fork roast," which describes the traditional cooking method where long forks are used to skewer the meat for cooking over indirect heat or a charcoal grill.
Choosing the Right Cut of Pork
Because we are keeping this lower calories, you want to avoid fattier cuts of pork like pork butt and instead opt or a more tender lean option like pork shoulder steaks (trimmed of fat) or pork loin chops. If you have pork pieces or even pork tenderloin, those can work too! The key is to marinate the pork properly to infuse it with the savory sauce of hoisin sauce, soy sauce and Chinese five-spice powder.
Marination is Key
The secret to the best Chinese pork lies in its marinade. Use a large bowl to marinate the pork overnight or at least for 4 hours in a small bowl. This ensures that the flavors of the marinade ingredients are well-absorbed into the meat. If you're short on time, marinating for 2-3 minutes can still give you a tasty dish, although the flavors won't be as intense.
The Perfect Glaze
For a sticky, syrupy glaze, you can use either honey or brown sugar. The sauce should become syrupy towards the end of the cooking time, giving the pork a beautiful glaze. The best part? This glaze forms a delicious contrast with the tender pork, making each bite a culinary delight.
Cooking and Safety Tips
Using a meat thermometer is crucial for this dish. The internal temperature should reach 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) to ensure the pork is cooked safely. Also, using hot large skillet or frying pan can help you achieve a crispy exterior, sealing in the juices for a tender, moist interior.
This main dish pairs exceptionally well with various sides. From egg fried rice to stir-fried noodles, the options are endless. You can even add green onions, bell peppers, and red pepper flakes for extra flavor and heat. For a low-carb option, try egg fried cauliflower rice.
Leftovers and Storage
If you have leftover Chinese Pork, store it in an airtight container and use it for making a quick stir fry the next day. This ensures that no part of this delicious dish goes to waste.
So why wait? Dive into this easy recipe and satisfy your Chinese food cravings right in the comfort of your own home! Once you serve up this mouth-watering Chinese Pork meal, your whole family will swear off takeout. It's that good!
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- 4 small boneless pork loin chops (approx 500g/17.5oz), all visible fat removed
- 2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon of Chinese five spice
- 2 teaspoon of honey or brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of pepper
- optional: sliced spring onion
- spray oil
- In a small bowl mix together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, five spice and honey
- Add the pork loins to a shallow dish, pour over the marinade and refrigerate for approx 4 hours (overnight if possible)
- Preheat oven to 180c fan, 200c or 400f (gas mark 6)
- Season the pork with pepper and spray over the top with a little spray oil, bake the pork loins in the oven for approx 25-30 mins turning a couple of times through cooking and basting with the sauce until the pork is cooked through and they are nice and caramelized from the sauce.
- Slice and serve with your choice of sides.
- Optional: sprinkle with chopped spring onions.
- I like to serve with my egg fried rice and some stir fried vegetables
Please see below for full nutritional info and additional details about recipe:
- WW Points - 7 per serving
- Dairy Free Friendly
- Gluten Free - use a gluten free soy sauce and Hoisin sauce
- SUITABLE FOR FREEZING ❄️
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 377Total Fat 9.5gSaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 161mgSodium 2047mgCarbohydrates 16.3gFiber 1gSugar 7.4gProtein 55.2g