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Ever since I came to Hong Kong (in November 2010), I am exposed to cuisines across the world at their best! Be it the Hong Kong cuisine itself or the French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mexican or of course my favourite, which is Thai!! We have a good Thai restaurant very near to Tsing Yi, the place where I stay, and I tasted pork for the first time here. If you are surprised by this statement, let me tell you that in India, due to some religious beliefs, pork and beef are forbidden by the Hindus. So back in India, most of the Hindus like me are content relishing mutton and chicken and till the time I came here I didn’t even have the urge to try these meats, to be frank.
But soon after we settled here, we started craving for mutton. There was no problem with the chicken since this is available in plenty and chicken here is much tastier than those in India. Even mutton is available, but one has to really search for it. There is a Pakistani gentleman who sells excellent quality mutton in Hong Kong, but that place is very far from mine. At times, we tasted China goat meat, which I felt, is not as good as the succulent mutton available in my homeland.
So you can say, the need to change the monotony of eating just one kind of meat (chicken) gave rise to tasting pork for the first time here. And that was the beginning of experimentation with meat! The other day I tasted beef too in a Chinese restaurant here (actually accidentally, thinking that it must be pork, as the menu was in Chinese and the people in that restaurant did not understand English at all!). I must say, I was amazed by the taste of beef as well! “AN” has even tasted camel and yak meat here and he says, those are equally good!
Coming back to pork meat, yes, I am loving it! Available everywhere, we can now easily rush to any Chinese restaurant and order those authentic dishes (pork dimsums are our favourite!) just by looking at the picture on the menu card! This is the advantage of people eating chicken, pork and beef and living in Hong Kong. They will get tired and at the same time, overwhelmed by the wonderful and huge variety of multicuisine meat dishes available here!
We particularly love Thai food, especially the Thai green curry with pork, and something very similar to the recipe shared today with you! The minced pork is marinated in soy sauce and stir-fried with string beans and garlic, salt and sugar (less pork and more beans). The recipe is simple, but the taste lingers!
So inspired by this Thai dish, I cooked a similar one at home, but modified it a little. I added some finely chopped onion too and increased the amount of pork mince in the dish. The beans are crunchy in this dish. The dish turned out to be so delicious that now we almost cook this every week!
If you trust my variations, believe me, onion really adds a great flavour to this. Varying the amount of miced pork is upto you, but I prefer this to be a little more than what they serve at restaurants.
Thai-Inspired Pork Mince with French Beans
- Minced pork: 400 g
- French beans: 15
- Finely chopped onion: 1 cup
- Finely chopped garlic: 3 tbsp
- Salt: 1/2 tsp
- Light soy sauce: 2 tbsp
- Sugar: 1/2 tsp
- Sesame oil: 2 tbsp
Method of preparation:
Remove the ends and the side strings of each french bean and cut each into four pieces. Wash them and keep aside. Marinate the minced pork with salt and soy sauce for 20 min.
In a pan, add the oil. When it is hot, add the chopped onion and saute for 2 min. Now add the garlic and saute for two more minutes.
Add the French beans now, saute for 5 min and cook covered for five more minutes.
Add the marinated pork mince now and saute for 10 min. Add the sugar, mix well, cover and cook for five more minutes. Done!
Serve with steamed rice, fried rice, vermicelli or noodles.
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