Friday 23 May 2014

Hongkongese Roasted Pork Tacos 燒肉

Being a typical Hongkongese expat I have decided to make wednesday night my stay at home cooking night, why you may ask? well my helper comes on Thursday and I want to try to avoid doing my dishes!
I do cook other nights but i may try to make simpler dishes since less cleaning up is required... Another thing I have decided is that I need to start using more Asian and especially Hong Kong ingredients in my dishes. After a lot of serious thought yesterday, I decided to try my hand at Roasted pork Tacos with Hoisin chipotle slaw. I knew the pork would be good - crispy crackling skin salty and five spiced seasoned meat! I had slight concerns on the hoisin and chipotle slaw, my boyfriend looked more concerned. But my misgivings quickly faded when he jumped up to cook more taco shells, after his first 2 tacos were devoured. 

Makes 7-8 small Tacos, Serves 2 people 
Get the hot sauce cooking first it takes the longest and you can make the slaw while its simmering. Also buy some corn tortillas!   
Hot Sauce 
10 large red chilies 
2 cloves garlic
5 shallots 
5 teaspoons cane sugar
1 cup water
Juice of 1 orange

1. Roughly chop chilies, garlic, and shallots. 
2. Pour water into a skillet add chopped chilies, garlic and shallots, simmer for 10 minutes. 
3. Add orange juices, simmer for an additional 5 minutes, remove from heat. 
4. Puree with hand blender or in a blender. 
5. Squeeze sauce through a fine sieve to remove lumps. 
6. Drizzle on top of tacos. 

Hoisin Chipotle Slaw
1 1/2 teaspoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon chipotle sauce
2 Tablespoons mayonaise 
2 Tablespoons sour cream 
Juice of 2 limes
1 spring onion 
1 medium carrot 
1 small cabbage

1. In small bowl, whisk sour cream to remove lumps.
2. Add mayonnaise, hoisin sauce, chipotle sauce and lime juice, whisk until combined. 
3. Finely slice cabbage and spring onion. 
4. Grate carrot.
5. Mix cabbage carrot and spring onions, then toss with dressing. 
Roasted Pork 
I bought about 75hkd worth of roasted at one of the restaurants with the hanging meat in window which was enough for 2 people 
Make sure to buy right before dinner so crackling stays crackly!
1. Remove bones and finely slice

Note: Chew on bones to remove excess meat, if your a proper Hongkongese person you would not just toss them out! 

20 cherry tomatoes
2 shallots 
1 1/2 teaspoon chopped coriander
Juice of 1 lime

1. Chop tomatoes, mince shallots
2. Mix tomatoes and shallots with chopped coriander and lime juice

Assemble tacos, warm up tortillas about 1 minute each side in a skillet. Layer hoisin slaw, then roasted pork, then salsa and drizzle with hot sauce!

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