By: Maria Antoniet Fornillos
The art of Asian cooking is a reflection of many different cultures and influences that born the most popular ethnic cuisines. Famous for its antique flavors, you will only understand genuine Asian food when you experience it. While pork dishes are among the most popular, there are a few pork recipes that are more favored in more than one country in Asia and among foreign countries as well. I have three of them.
Crispy Sweet & Sour Pork
The arguably flavorsome rage of sugar along with ketchup and tangy rice vinegar has created the most admired blend of sweet and sour taste that is very pleasing to the palate. Some use dry sherry or even dry red or white wine for vinegar making crispy sweet and sour pork as one of the staples in many Chinese restaurants.
Home-style sweet and sour pork include white onions, celery, bell peppers and fresh or tinned pineapple to add another layer of sweetness to the sweet and sour pork chunks. By tradition, the secret to an authentic sweet and sour pork dish lies in the perfect balance of the sweet vs. sour taste of the sauce, along with a great batter for crispy and crunchy coating for the pork.
Baby Back Ribs
This tender meat around the ribs is called loin ribs or back ribs. This is taken from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spareribs just below the loin muscle. The term “baby back ribs” comes not from the age of the hog, but the small size of the ribs which is meatier and tender compared to the larger pork spareribs.
Smoked or roasted baby back ribs are very popular; this is why they are also one of the most expensive cuts of meat from the hog. Asians spend time marinating the pork ribs and cook them slowly; getting roasted or grilled ribs that just fall off the bone. The hint of wine in the marinade which is also used to baste meat during the cooking process results to an even tastier baby back ribs pork dish.
Pork tenderloin is one of the most favorite Asian recipes for pork. It is the dish mostly considered perfect for potluck, buffet or picnic. This mild-flavored slender cut of boneless meat that comes from the loin lends itself to dry rubs, marinades and even brining, that Asians find it juicier than it has been thought of. Pork tenderloin is also one of quickest to cook meat that you can cook it on the grill in less than 10 minutes.
Asian-style pork tenderloin is classically marinated with hoisin sauce, soy sauce herbs and spices to infuse meat with complex flavors, and transpose a simply cooked meal into something that tastes more impressive than it sounds. When you slice your tenderloin into medallions, you will see and taste how each bite includes a part of the surface the marinade came in contact with. This is why Asians have been marinating for more than five centuries.