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Charred Pineapple Pork with Sweetened Black Rice Vinegar

Charred Pineapple Pork

Charred Pineapple Pork

It wasn’t until I was part way through the preparation of this dish for the first time that I realised that I was essentially making sweet and sour pork. Prejudiced by the cloying and fatty pork dishes from dodgy Chinese take aways served in the 1980s I nearly changed my mind, but the slivers of fresh pineapple roasting in the oven motivated me to keep going. I judged that they alone were a step in the right direction. We loved this dish so much that first time I vowed to make it again

Since that first taste of this delicious pork dish I’ve reduced my meat intake significantly, making the meat the focus of a meal just once a week. I thought long and hard about choosing a meat dish to cook this week, then the fruity aroma of pineapple from the display in my fruit shop clinched the deal. You need just one half of a pineapple for this recipe and if like me you like a bite of acidity, choose one that is a little under ripe. Roasting the fruit intensifies the flavour and sweetness.

There are a few steps involved in the preparation but it’s not at all complicated. Once the pineapple is roasted, the meat marinating and the sauce reducing on the stove top, all that remains is a quick stir fry before it is ready to serve.

Simply put it’s subtly spiced stir fried pork, charred roasted fresh pineapple and a piquant sauce. The flavours were irresistibly good.

I have a penchant for putting my mark on recipes, making adjustment as I go. This delicious dish was well and truly inspired by  Melbourne based blogger  Josephine @ “Burp! Appetite” who posts Asian style recipes that are suitable for my quirky diet. She uses ingredients that are fresh appealing and tasty. Josephine understands flavour!

If you too have horrible memories of fatty pork with canned pineapple in a sweet sauce passed off as sweet and sour, I urge you to try this recipe, you’ll be pleased you did.

Charred Pineapple Pork in Sweetened Black Rice Vinegar to serve 4

1/2 slightly underripe pineapple

500g pork shoulder thinly sliced

20g cornflour

1 green pepper cut into 3cm squares.

3 tablespoons peanut oil

marinade:

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice

1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, ground

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 egg

sauce:

1/2 cup Chingkiang black rice vinegar

1 cup chicken stock

2 heaped tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon dark soy

pineapple trimmings

50g fresh ginger cut into chunks

Preheat the oven to 220C and line a tray with baking paper.

Peel the pineapple and discard the skin.

Remove the eyes then thinly slice the fruit. Cut each slice into 5-6 pieces then remove the core and set it aside for the sauce.

Arrange the pineapple pieces on the oven tray then bake until it’s beginning to char on the edges, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Put all the sauce ingredients plus the pineapple trimming into a small saucepan.

Heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.

Bring the sauce to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has reduced  by half. Strain and keep warm.

Toss the sliced pork in the cornflour using your finger to massage it through and separate the slices.

Add the marinade and again, thoroughly massage it through. Rest the marinating pork in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.

Heat a wok until smoking then add a little oil. Stir fry the pork in small batches and set aside.

Add the green pepper to the hot wok and stir fry for a couple of minutes.

Return the pork to the wok, moisten with a little sauce then bring to the boil.

Serve immediately garnished with the charred  pineapple pieces.  Pass the sauce at the table.

This dish is delicious with steamed rice  and a side salad of Asian coleslaw.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

27 comments on “Charred Pineapple Pork with Sweetened Black Rice Vinegar

  1. Karen
    January 30, 2017

    Looks tasty

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  2. Lisa @ cheergerm
    January 26, 2017

    Great ‘new school’ sweet and sour Sandra. We came across a very old school Chinese restaurant recently that could have been lifted from the 1970’s. The sweet and sour (I didn’t order it) was the kind that makes you avoid anything with pineapple in it but this, this is something else. Roasting the pineapple, hello!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 26, 2017

      Seems a bit of a no brainer really, but I guess I had felt no desire to look at Sweet and Sour closely enough to consider improving it’s image until I cooked this that is….

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  3. Michelle
    January 25, 2017

    Delicious! And how fun to find the essence of something that has generally been ruined.

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  4. katechiconi
    January 20, 2017

    Definitely some fantastic flavour combinations to try out here. I must get to the Farmer’s market on Wednesday for some free range pork and just-picked pineapple!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 21, 2017

      Good luck at the market Kate and I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we did..

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  5. Linda Duffin
    January 20, 2017

    Definitely bookmarking this one, it sounds so good!

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  6. Claudia
    January 20, 2017

    You always show the most wonderful foods! Can I come to your house for dinner some time? 😉

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  7. Eha
    January 20, 2017

    This I have to try! Not much resemblance to the old sweet-and-sour 🙂 ! Unusual marinade promising a treat! And way-back-when I remember the pineapple coming out of tins even in restaurants . . . For me the only watching-point would be to make sure that there was but a tad of char on the pineapple as any browning is so carcinogenic . . .

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 20, 2017

      This reset my opinion about the pork/pineapple/vinegar combination, it really is delicious if handled with care. No need to char the pineapple at all Eha, just bake it until it’s dried out a little, the flavour becomes really intense.

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  8. Francesca
    January 20, 2017

    Very nice styling Sandra, love that Chinese newspaper in the background.

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  9. lulu
    January 20, 2017

    I have pineapple sliced and ready to use and pork in the freezer so it will be no problem making this and the flavors are calling to me at the moment.

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  10. davegon
    January 20, 2017

    This looks and is so impressive. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch
    January 19, 2017

    I love the flavours of sweet and sour pork, and you are right, those horrible takeaways and pre-made meals available in the supermarket do not do it justice. I’ve found Chinese ingredients here in Athens, so it looks like a good one to try.

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  12. anne54
    January 19, 2017

    i have added it to my recipe list, Sandra. I also have shuddering memories of that sweet and sour, so this sounds delicious.

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 20, 2017

      Anne, it’s quite a simple recipe to make, but so delicious. Roasting the pineapple makes for a super intense flavour

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  13. Ardys
    January 19, 2017

    BTW, beautiful photo!

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  14. Ardys
    January 19, 2017

    Sounds fabulous, Sandra. I have just spent the entire afternoon making gluten free shortcrust pastry so that I could make your ‘Blue Cheese, Fennel and Pepper Quiche’. It is 37 here at the moment 😥 but the quiche has just come out of the oven and looks promising… will let you know. Will have to recover before trying this dish, but it does sound like something we would love. Thank you!

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    • ladyredspecs
      January 19, 2017

      I hope you are able enjoy the tart without repercussions Ardys. It’s a long way for the beautiful sea breeze we had this afternoon to reach you, but it helped us get through the afternoon. Back into OMG territory tomorrow

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