Pork is a favourite choice of meat in some of the most famous dishes from around the world. From roasts to burgers and hotpot favourites the list is endless. However if you are spoiled for choice, here is a list that will get you going in the right direction.
Pork Rendang from Indonesia
This is an all time favourite and is made to a traditional Indonesian recipe. It is full of Asian flavours and the meat is cooked to make it very soft adding to the soothing texture of this dish. The dish is cooked in coconut milk with added spices such as coriander, bay leaf and lemon grass.
Pork ribs from China
This can be considered as a favourite snack or finger food. The dish is prepared with fresh pork ribs which are barbequed or grilled. The main ingredient that adds to the taste is the special sauce or glaze. This is made with a mixture of Chinese five-spice, honey and soy sauce. If you are wondering what this five-spice is, look no further. It is a spice made of a combination of cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, star-anis & fennel seeds which clearly balances the major tastes such as pungent, sweet, sour and salty.
Jerk pork from Jamaica
This particular recipe is made from pork fillets which is considered a light dinner dish complete with mangoes and tomatoes that add a slight kick to your meal. The word “jerk” in this recipe refers to a cooking style where meat is dry rubbed or marinated with Jamaican Jerk Spice. This spice can have a combination of herbs, garlic and oil to increase the taste as well.
This is traditionally from Indonesia but has made its way into Danish cuisine. The dish is made from seasoned meats such as pork, chicken or beef which are skewered and grilled or barbecued. They are usually served with a thick sweet soy sauce, Indonesian chilli sauce and peanut butter. Though skewered meats are found in most places you will no doubt find this version in the Netherlands quite fascinating as they use the best ingredients and the pork supplier in Taiwan.
Melton Mowbray Pork Pie
Pork pies are a traditional favourite in England and one of the most famous is the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie which became popular during the 18th century. In the olden days this particular pie was made without a mould and was hand raised, increasing its uniqueness. Nowadays muffin trays or other forms of moulds are used to create the shape. The pie itself is made from hand formed crust pastry with the filling made of uncured shoulder pork cuts. The pork is seasoned in a very simple manner with salt and pepper only, with a final topping of meat jelly. It is a pie that is mostly eaten cold.
Why not try making some of these at home to satisfy your own taste buds.