Pork in Coconut Milk (Babi Lemak) Recipe

Pork in Coconut Milk (Babi Lemak) Recipes

Ingredients :

500g lean pork, diced

salt, to taste

1cm piece of blachan

4 tbsp sesame oil

2 medium onions, chopped

2 tbsp chopped ginger

1 stalk lemon grass

4 whole red chili peppers

350ml coconut milk

2 tsp sugar

2 tsp brown vinegar

Method :

Rub the pork with salt and set aside for 15-20 minutes. Dry roast the blachan in a heavy saucepan until fragrant. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Grind to a powder in a spice or coffee grinder. Set aside. Heat the sesame oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft. Add the ginger, blachan powder, lemon grass and chili peppers. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the pork and stir fry for 5-10 minutes, until the meat is sealed on all sides. Add the coconut milk and cover the pan with a lid. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, until done. Add the sugar and vinegar, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Serve hot with rice or noodles.

Pork and coconut blend very well - a delicious combination found from Southeast Asia to the Konkan coast of India. The pork should be free of fat to bring out the delicate balance of flavors.

Serves 4 - 6

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