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Double Cooked Pork…. otherwise known as one of my favourite “Mum” cooked foods…

Oh how I love the texture and the flavour of this meat….  It’s not a quick dish to make, but the flavours are well-earned and fabulous.  Think Asian spices, but that are not too overwhelming as to scare your palate.  It wasn’t quite as I remember Mum making it (will anything ever be that?), but I can see the potential for these flavours being used on a more regular basis.

Double cooked pork

Double Cooked Pork Neck



  • 1 Pork Neck  ( this is the traditional Scotch Fillet cut)


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • 5cm piece root ginger
  • 75mls Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 150mls light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste or malt vinegar
  • 75 mls sesame oil

Truss the meat into a neat shape with cotton string. Process all the marinade ingredients together and then pour over the meat. Allow to steep for a minimum of 6 hours but overnight is best. Turn the meat in the marinade from time to time.

Preheat the oven to 220C. Drain the meat and pat dry with kitchen towel. Place the meat on a wire rack over a water bath and bake for 1 hour. Remove the meat from the oven, wrap in foil and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes.

ready for the first cooking

In a wok, heat about ¼ cup peanut oil. When it begins to smoke, add the pork neck and fry until crisp and well coloured all over. Rest again uncovered this time for another 10 minutes, then carve and serve.  This would be fabulous with chinese broccoli and oyster sauce, or even just some steamed greens and rice like we made.

lets do it again soon,



About Leah

Australian Artist, painting with Gouache and Oil Pastel on Paper. Lover of lines, curves, colour and texture. Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, I've spent most of my adult life travelling, time living in Sweden and Adelaide and have settled in Brisbane with my little family. I'm creative by nature and find inspiration in many different corners of this world, some just under my nose, others a life time away. I blog because I love to share what I discover, and to inspire myself. You'll find my blogging about my paintings and artwork on: and about my cooking adventures on

2 comments on “Double Cooked Pork…. otherwise known as one of my favourite “Mum” cooked foods…

  1. Sandra
    March 21, 2012

    I haven’t made this in years Leah, I think it will be on the menu in the next week or two. Your comment about things not being quite like Mum’s have given me an idea for another post, coming soon to our blog……..xx


    • leah
      March 21, 2012

      YAY! was definately good, just not amazing. think the quality of the meat might have had something to do with it. this project is definately expanding my repertoire and teaching me new things. 🙂


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