Tired of the midday poverty cheese sandwich at work? Try this quick and tasty Thai stir fry that works with most meats – I did it with pork chops (bone removed) but chicken, beef and even whole fish are brought to life with this marinade.
When I brought some pork chops for half price at Waitrose I wanted to cook something that would reheat well the next day for lunch at work.
Time: About 20 minutes to prepare (with at least 60 minutes for the meat to marinate).
Cost: The most expensive thing was the pork at £1.20 for two pork chops, followed by the cashews at £1 for a little bag. Pretty much everything else was in the pantry cupboard. TOTAL COST: Approx £3.
- 3 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp tamarind paste
- Thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
- 1 stalk lemongrass, outer layer removed and finely chopped
- 1 red chilli, deseeded
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 large spring onions
- 2 pork chops, bone removed
- 1 head of broccoli
- 1 cup of rice
- Combine the soy sauce, honey, tamarind paste, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce and half the chilli in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
- Cut the pork into strips and cover with the sauce. Marinate for at least 60 minutes.
- For the rice place 1 cup of rice in a saucepan per two people, covered with double the amount of cold water and a knob of butter. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cover with a lid for 12 minutes.
- While that’s cooking heat some vegetable oil in a wok. Take the pork out from the marinade (leaving the rest of the liquid in the bowl) and add it to the pan. Keep it moving with a wooden spoon (so it doesn’t stick and burn) and cook until the pork starts to turn golden brown.
- Add the broccoli and the other half of the chilli. Cook for another 5 minutes, then add the reminder of the marinade.
- Cook for a further 2 minutes, then add a generous helping of the fresh coriander to finish.
- Serve with rice and top with a sprinkling of chopped cashews and more fresh coriander.
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