Hainanese Pork Chop – 海南炸猪排

Hainanese pork chop is such a delicious delicacy! To start off, pound the pork chop with a mallet or the back of your cleaver to tenderise it. Then marinate it for at least an hour, of course if you have time, the longer the better! This process adds so much flavour to the meat.  (**note – only add the baking soda 1 hr before cooking if marinating overnight)

And so they say, “Good things come to those who wait.” Finally, dust the marinated pork chop in flour and apply a generous layer of egg wash to it, to ensure that the crispy coating of soda crackers stick on it. Next just drop it gently into the hot oil and watch the magic happen!

Of course, we can’t leave out the trademark ketchup based sauce with assorted vegetables. Drizzle some of the sauce on the porkchop and let it cut through the greasiness of the deep fried pork. We hate to say it AGAIN, but get ready another bowl of rice!

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  • Servings: 4

  • Time: 20 min

  • Skill: Intermediate

Ingredients:

  1. 18 soda cream crackers

  2. 2 eggs

  3. 50g frozen mixed veg (corn, peas and carrot)

  4. 1 red onion (sliced)

  5. 1 tbsp minced garlic

  6. 2 tbsp oil

  7. oil for deep-frying

  8. 600g pork loin

Marinade:

  1. ½ tsp baking soda (optional if marinating overnight)

  2. 1 tsp five spice powder

  3. 1 tbsp sugar

  4. 1 tbsp minced garlic

  5. 2 tbsp tau cheo (fermented soya beans)

  6. 1 tsp sesame oil

  7. 1 tbsp light soy sauce

  8. 1 tbsp cornstarch mix with 2 tbsp water

Sauce:

  1. 1 tbsp light soy sauce

  2. 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

  3. 1 tbsp A1 steak sauce

  4. 3 tbsp tomato ketchup

  5. ¼ tsp white pepper powder

  6. 1 tbsp sugar

  7. 1 tbsp hua tiao (optional)

  8. 1 cup water

  9. 1 tbsp cornstarch mix with 2 tbsp water

Steps:

  1. Cut 600g of pork loin into 100g slices

  2. Butterfly the pork loin slices

  3. Flatten pork loin slices with meat tenderizer

  4. Marinate flattened pork loin slices with ½ tsp baking soda,

  5. 1 tsp five spice powder,

  6. 1 tbsp sugar,

  7. 1 tbsp minced garlic,

  8. 2 tbsp tau cheo,

  9. 1 tsp sesame oil,

  10. 1 tbsp light soy sauce

  11. Mix 1 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water

  12. Add mixture to pork loin

  13. Mix well and set aside to marinate for 1 hr

  14. Add 18 soda cream crackers to food processor

  15. Blend until fine

  16. Transfer to a flat tray and spread them out

  17. For sauce mixture, mix 1 tbsp light soy sauce,

  18. 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce,

  19. 1 tbsp A1 steak sauce,

  20. 3 tbsp tomato ketchup,

  21. ¼ tsp white pepper,

  22. 1 tbsp sugar,

  23. 1 tbsp hua tiao (optional),

  24. 1 cup water

  25. Mix well and set aside

  26. Mix 1 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water

  27. Add 2 beaten eggs to pork loin slices and mix well

  28. Coat pork loin slices with cracker crumbs

  29. Heat sufficient oil in a wok, deep-fry pork loin slices till golden brown

  30. Drain and set aside

  31. Heat 2 tbsp oil in pan

  32. Add 1 tbsp minced garlic,

  33. 1 red onion (sliced),

  34. 50g of frozen mixed veg

  35. Stir fry until onions turn translucent

  36. Add sauce mixture and bring to boil

  37. Thicken sauce with cornstarch solution

  38. Add sauce to fried pork chop