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Golden Pork – A nice change from hog roast Devon

When I was in the forces a pal of mine used to receive food parcels from Burma in this parcel was a jar of golden pork it is a traditional Burmese dish that expatriate dream about!

Golden Pork serves 6-8

You will need
1.5 kilos of pork tenderloin
3 large onions
1 head of garlic
170g fresh ginger
half cup olive oil
salt pepper to taste

Whizz the onions, large head of garlic and fresh ginger in a food processor producing a puree/paste. Put the paste in a muslin and squeeze over a bowl to extract as much juice as possible, go on squeeze it! Put juice to one side for later.
Cut the pork into 1″ cubes and mix with the reserved juice, oil and a pinch of salt. Put into a hot saucepan and cook until the meat is almost done. Remove half the meat and mince it up. Mix this up with the garlic, onion and ginger mixture and return to the pan and the rest of the pork. Cook until golden brown! Add a little vinegar to taste at the end if you want .

Serve with plain boiled rice and a Cucumber salad. Don’t be surprised if your guests don’t recognise this as cucumber as it is transformed when prepared this way.

Cucumber Salad 6-8 servings
You will need:
1 large onion
1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric
2 garlic cloves crushed and chopped
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
half cup virgin olive oil
3 medium cucumbers
2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
salt

Peel, remove seeds and cut cucumbers into strips. Plunge into boiling water until transparent, this will be just a few minutes. Remove drain and season with salt and ground black pepper.

Heat the oil until hot and add the chopped onions first until they begin to take on colour then the garlic for a further minute. Remove from pan. Into the oil add the turmeric powder, the oil will become a bright yellow, good! Add half of the sesame seeds and reduce the heat for a minute or two until they smell fragrant.

Remove from the pan and set aside to cool. When cool and ready to serve, add vinegar to oil mixture and stir together, this is the dressing. Arrange cucumbers on plate, surround with the onions and garlic, sprinkle the remaining sesame seeds on top and pour over the dressing, or serve separately if you wish.

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