Monday 19 February 2007

recipe carousel #33 - pork mains

It’s Day Two in my seven day Chinese New Year Pork Festival in honour of the Year of the Pig.

Fittingly, this week’s Recipe Carousel is seven pork mains from around the world. We have offerings from Thailand, Korea, Italy, New Zealand, Mexico and the USA.

Enjoy these porkilicious meals!

Gamjatang or pork bone & potato soup is the lengthy kitchen labour of Sue in Korea (My Korean Kitchen). A nasty experience as a teenager almost put her off this soup for good, but after making her own version she’s warming to it again. Gamjatang means potato soup in Korean, but don’t let that fool you because this soup is more about the pork bones (spice and neck). The soup is also flavoured by crown daisy leaves, perilla and Chinese cabbage (Sue should really join Weekend Herb Blogging!) as well as a huge array of flavoursome ingredients like onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, fish sauce, sesame, soya paste and rice wine. It looks delicious, but Sue warns it takes a lot of patience and time (5 hours)! Photo courtesy of Sue.

Oven Baked Ribs & Potatoes is a recipe by Orchidea in Sweden (Viaggi & Sappori). This is an incredibly simple, rustic dish that looks and tastes wonderful. Fresh rosemary permeates the potatoes and pork and the garlic adds extra bite. Baked for 45 minutes then dusted with salt, this would make a great family feast or something a bit special when friends drop in unexpectedly. Photo courtesy of Orchidea.

Pad Krapao Mu comes from Ed in the USA (Is it EDible?). Ed’s parents made a mean version of this dish, uniquely flavoured with fragrant and spicy Thai basil (Ed warns, no Italian substitutes!). Minced pork is cooked with garlic, birds eye chillies, sherry, soy sauce and oyster sauce before wilting through the Thai basil. Served with rice this is a perfect banquet dish. Photo courtesy of Ed.

Mustard Crusted Pork Fillet on Tamarillo Carpaccio is a masterpiece from Bron in New Zealand (Bron Marshall). Pork is fried until perfectly pink pork then encrusted with a wholegrain mustard casing before being served on a bed of sour-sweet tamarillos dressed with olive oil, balsamic, honey and mixed spice. Just perfect! Photo courtesy of Bron.

Tacos de Carnitas is a recipe that Elise in the USA could eat everyday (Simply Recipes). And her father adores this style of pork too: first braised then shredded and finally roasted until tender and caramelised. Best served with fresh corn tortillas, pico de gallo, beans, cheese and some hot sauce. Photo courtesy of Elise.

Milk Braised Pork Chops are a delicious cookbook discovery by Kalyn in the USA (Kalyn's Kitchen). Pork chops are pounded then dusted with whole wheat flour before being browned. Fat-free milk is added and the chops are simmered over one hour to produce a thick gravy and moist chops. The recipe is even South Beach Diet friendly. Photo courtesy of Kalyn.

Pork Riblets Braised in Vietnamese Caramel Sauce is a savoury-sweet snack for Chubby Hubby in Singapore (Chubby Hubby). Aun can be a bit of a glutton when it comes to pork and over buys when good cuts appear at the butcher’s. This leads to excess food and a discovery that some dishes taste better the next day. Case in point are these pork ribs braised in a Vietnamese-style caramel sauce. Shallots, lemon juice, black pepper, fish sauce and caramel produce a highly addictive umami flavour and a brilliant glossy colour. Photo courtesy of Chubby Hubby.

Add your own recipe!
If you want to link in your own pork recipe and share the love around, just leave the link in the comments section. You didn’t have to invent the recipe yourself, just make it and post it on your site. The whole idea of Recipe Carousel is that good recipes are shared with people who love to cook.
Note: Usual comments are more than welcome but all html links must be recipe related (yours or others).

Check out other Recipe Carousel themes: coffee, noodles, cookies, vegetarian mains, nuts, milkshakes, rice, festive food, legumes/pulses, eggs, pancakes, breakfast, raw food, berries, dips, cocktails, pasta, yoghurt, crispy snacks, vegetable desserts, fruit in savoury food, made from scratch, strawberries, jam, bread, seafood mains, ice cream, soup, chocolate and drinks.



  1. What a great collection of pork dishes. My brother loves that recipe for Pork Chops Braised in Milk. He's made it twice since I posted that recipe!

  2. Anna - Thanks for sharing my recipe as part of your carousel. All the other dishes look delicious!


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