Pork Cooked with Asian Spices

A return to slow cooking with a fusion of flavours.

This pork dish is a healthy and tasty alternative to roast meat; and, like a roast, it requires little effort for fabulous results. I have selected a pork hock; but any slow cooking cut is suitable. Slow cooking cuts also have the advantage of usually being much cheaper than many pieces of pork selected for quicker cooking.

With our busy lives, many of us no longer spend much time in the kitchen but slow cooking does not mean it requires a lot of time to prepare; rather, the dish requires a lot of time in the oven (or over heat).

This recipe fits my aim of promoting tasty, healthy and simple meals perfectly. Try it and you too will enjoy the hassle free approach that provides rich flavours.

This dish is good served hot or cold. When you serve it cold Green Salad and Grains is a good accompaniment, the mint and lemon complimenting the pork.
If you cook a larger piece of meat, increase the flavourings proportionately.

Diets for which Pork Cooked with Asian Spices is suitable:

Dairy Free, Diabetic, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Paleo, Nut Free


Preparation: 10 mins | Cooking: 3 1/2 hrs | Serves: 4

150 ml tamari*
50 ml sherry or sake
2 red chilli
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
5 cm (2 inches) ginger
2 garlic cloves
2 shallots
2 pieces orange rind (approx 5 cm/2 inch total)

1 kg pork hock

For Sauce:
1 shallot, chopped
1/2 chilli, chopped
1 tsp ginger, grated


COMBINE the flavour ingredients in a saucepan (this could be the one into which you later add the pork).
HEAT to boiling temperature, lower the temperature and simmer for 20 mins.
PREHEAT oven to 150 C/300 F/ Gas 2.
ADD pork to the liquid and add water to cover the meat.
BAKE for 3-4 hours. The meat pulls easily off the bone (‘falls off the bone’) when cooked.

For Sauce:
FRY the shallots, chilli and ginger.
ADD 500 ml (2 cups) of the liquid in which the pork cooked and boil until it reduces to a thickened sauce.


– Serve hot or cold with or without sauce.


* Replace tamari with soya sauce. (Soya saucenot suitable for Gluten Free diets unless stated Gluten Free and for Nut Free diet check the labelling to ensure suitablity.)

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