A few months ago it was all over the news that Pig Farmers in the UK were in crisis the increase in grain prices meant that were losing £20 on every animal they produced , A Save our Bacon campaign was launched and I dutifully bought a loin of pork at the local slow food market
I then left in in the freezer pork is just one of those foods I have just never got into cooking , it often seems to go dry and mealy. However I have made a vow to work my way through my freezer to at least make room for some ice cube trays so for Saturday night I was determined to use up the large pork loin.
On Thursday night I made up a chinese marinade for the pork which left overnight permeated the meat which once roasted gave a tasty sticky coating
I really like cold noodles in salad so while the pork was roasting it was no effort to make a light noodle cucumber and coriander salad takind advantage of the oven being on to toast some seeds and buts to add a little crunch .
750g boneless pork loin
4 cloves of garlic , finely chopped
1 tbsp of dried chilli flakes
1 tbsp of brown sugar
5 tbsp of sake / rice wine
1 star anise , crushed
1 tbsp of coriander seeds crushed
- Mix together the marinade ingredients
- Rub over the pork loin
- Seal in a plastic bag or box
- Leave refridgerated for at least 24 hours
- Preheat the oven to 200deg C
- Place the pork fat side down in a roasting tray , cook for 30 minutes
- Turn right side up and roast for a further 30 minutes
- Leave to rest for 10 minutes
- Slice to serve
1 handful of coriander roughly chopped
Half a large cucumber sliced into ribbons
1/2 fresh red chilli , finely chopped
1 tbsp of white sugar
3 tbsp of rice vinegar
100g of dried rice noodles
2tbsp of peanuts , crushed
2 tbsp of sesame seeds
- Place the seeds and nuts on a baking tray , grill or roast at 190degC for 5 minutes
- Simmer the rice noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes.
- Rinse the noodles under cold water, drain.
- In a large bowl mix together the rice vinegar , chilli and sugar
- Add the noodles , cucumber and coriander.
- Sprinkle over the peanuts and sesame seeds