Actually this dish is made yesterday, September 27, my birthday ^^ This is the first time I’ve enjoyed my birthday in France so I just wanna do something special to celebrate it. Even I spent almost my time alone cause my 2 friends were going to their universities, but I’m always good at doing things alone, wandering around the commercial center and bought myself a new shirt (see, I treat myself really well haha) and preparing for a little party with friends.
Flavorful and marinaded pan-fried or grilled meat is my all time favorite, so this time I chose for my special meal Five-spice Pan-fried Pork with Cucumber and Rice. Juicy, tender and fragnant pork definitely made my day, of course after the lovely wishes everyone posted on my Facebook and a surprise present from one of my best friends 😀 Anw, my first day of the age 18 was absolutely awesome!
1. 300 grams pork, washed, cut into 100-grams portions
2. 3 tbs fish sauce
3. 1 tbs granulated white sugar (can be replaced by honey)
4. 1 red shallot, finely chopped
5. 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
6. 2 tsp five-spice powder (available in any Chinese or Vietnamese market)
7. 1 tbs vegetable oil
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together fish sauce, sugar, chopped shallot, garlic, five-spice powder and vegetable oil until combined.
2. Dip in the pork portions, flip them until they’re well covered by the marinade. Set aside for at least 30 minutes (but I always recommend up to 1 hour to create tender and super flavorful pan-fried pork)
3. Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat, put in the pork portions, following by the remaining marinade (there’s already vegetable oil in the marinade so I don’t wanna add more, plus, the marinade will continue going through your pork while pan-frying and create a juicy and mouth-watering portion). Pan-fry for 15-20 minutes, depending on your pork portions’ size, or until they’re beautifully brown both sides. Turn off the heat.
4. Serve with Cucumber Salad and Rice. For my cucumber salad, I mixed my sliced cucumber with Caesar dressing, it’s easy as pie xD
Love, Trang Quynh