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Sweet and Sour Style Pork with California Prunes and Florida Grapefruit

Serves 4

Prep time 20 minutes Cook time 30 minutes


300g brown rice

200g sprouting broccoli 1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp sesame seeds 1/2 tsp salt

1 thumb of fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, crushed

200g lean pork fillet

1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns 1 tsp salt

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 tbsp light soy sauce 1 free-range egg

3-4 tbsp corn flour

3 tbsp vegetable oil for cooking the pork For the sauce

1 garlic clove, chopped 1 thumb of ginger, sliced

2 Florida Grapefruit

100g California Prunes, chopped 

2 tbsp light soy sauce 2-3 spring onions, sliced

Here's How

Cook the rice in twice as much water to rice in volume, it should take approximately 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180c to cook the broccoli.

Place the broccoli onto a large sheet of baking parchment.

Add the sesame oil and seeds as well as the chopped ginger and crushed garlic. Sprinkle 2-3 tbsp of water over the broccoli and fold up the parchment paper into a parcel to trap all the flavours in while cooking.

Place the parcel into the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

Time to prepare the pork, cut horizontally and butterfly the meat out into one thinner piece.

Place the pork between two pieces of parchment paper and using a tenderising mallet or rolling pin, bash out until approximately  1/2cm thick.

Now slice the pork into thin pieces and place in a mixing bowl.

Crush the peppercorns in a pestle and mortar and scatter over the pork with a teaspoon of salt.

Pour over the light soy, followed by the sesame seeds. Crack the egg into the bowl with the pork and stir together,

Add the corn flour, but don’t over mix otherwise it will bind together. You just want to roughly coat the pork.

Cook the pork in a large nonstick frying pan with hot oil. Cook in small batches so as not to crowd the pan and thus maintain extra crispness.

When the pork is cooked and crispy, remove from the pan transfer to a baking tray and put in the oven to keep warm.

Continue this process until all the pork is cooked and crisp. Wipe the pan clean and return to the heat.

Add a small splash of oil to the pan, then add the garlic and ginger. Cook on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Add the juice from the Florida Grapefruit and chopped California Prunes. Season with a little light soy sauce and boil until reduced to a sauce consistency. Taste the sauce before you add the pork and season if required.

Remove the pork from the oven and add to the sauce with the chopped spring onions.

Stir together and serve with your cooked brown rice and baked broccoli.


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