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Sticky pork belly with Vietnamese-style salad & smashed peanuts

Sticky pork belly with Vietnamese-style salad & smashed peanuts

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 4 hrs marinating
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  • Serves 2

Flavour pork with hoisin, honey, soy and ginger and serve with a crunchy cucumber, radish and herb salad with zesty chilli dressing

Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal803
fat37g
saturates12g
carbs58g
sugars50g
fibre4g
protein58g
salt7.7g
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Ingredients

  • 600g pork belly
  • 6 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2.5cm piece ginger , peeled and finely chopped
  • Coconut rice , to serve (see see tip, below)

For the salad

  • ¼ cucumber , cut into ribbons using a vegetable peeler
  • 6 radishes , sliced
  • 75g sugar snap pea , halved horizontally
  • 2 spring onions , thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves, large leaves torn
  • 2 tbsp Thai basil , large leaves torn (use coriander if you can't find this)
  • 1 tbsp salted peanut , toasted and lightly smashed in a pestle and mortar

For the dressing

  • 1 small red chilli , finely chopped
  • ½ garlic clove , grated
  • juice ½ lime (leftover from crab cakes)
  • 1 ½ tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

Method

  • STEP 1

    Remove the rind from the pork and put the meat in a large sealable food bag or casserole dish. In a bowl, mix the hoisin, honey, vinegar, soy, ketchup and ginger, then pour over the pork and massage well. Seal the bag or cover the dish and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hrs, or overnight.

  • STEP 2

    Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Transfer the pork and its marinade to a snug roasting tin, lined with foil. Pour over 50ml water, cover with foil and roast for 2 hrs, or until tender, basting halfway through. Take the pork out and increase oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Remove the foil and pour the sauce into a small pan. Bring the sauce to the boil and let it bubble until thick and syrupy. Brush some of the sauce all over the pork and pop back in the oven, uncovered, for 20 mins until sticky and caramelised in places. Transfer to a chopping board, cover lightly with foil and leave to rest for 20 mins.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Toss all the ingredients, except the peanuts, together in a bowl. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients and set aside. Reheat the remaining sauce, adding a splash of water if it has become too thick. Toss the dressing through the salad and divide between 2 plates, then top with the smashed peanuts. Cut the pork into thick slices, arrange alongside the salad, then drizzle over the sauce. Serve with Coconut rice (see tip, below).

RECIPE TIPS
HOW TO MAKE COCONUT RICE

Soak 100g sticky rice in cold water for 30 mins. Drain and tip into a saucepan, along with 1 kaffir lime leaf and a good pinch of salt. Pour over 165ml can coconut milk, use 1tbps water to rinse out the can and pour this over the rice, too. Pop on the lid, bring to the boil, then turn the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for 10 mins. Turn off the heat and leave to steam for 10 mins more. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2014

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