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Chinese Pork with Sautéed Cucumber pancakes

Chinese Pork with Sautéed Cucumber pancakes

You’ll need: 300g lean pork mince 1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced 1 thumb sized piece of root ginger, peeled and grated 3 tbsp of dark soy sauce 2 tbsp of brown sugar 2 tsp Chinese 5-Spice half a cucumber, deseeded and diced 1 tbsp veg/sunflower oil 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil 1 red chilli, frozen (optional) For the spring onion pancakes: 110g plain flour a pinch of salt 2 eggs 200ml milk mixed with 75ml water 2 spring onions, finely sliced/shredded

Make it! Heat a frying pan, add a little sunflower/veg. oil and add the ginger. Fry for a few minutes. Add the pork mince and cook for a further 5 minutes until starting to colour. Add the garlic, a big pinch of salt, the sugar and the Chinese 5-spice. Cook for a further 10 minutes on a fairly low heat. The meat will start to darken and caramelise with the sugar, you want to pork to become almost crunchy.
In the meantime, heat another pan and add the cucumber, dry. This just needs to cook fairly quickly for a few minutes or until it starts to colour. Add the cucumber to the pork and cook for a final minute, finally adding the sesame oil and soy sauce for flavour. Now it’s ready to be eaten. I grated frozen chilli over mine. Leftover chillis freeze in no time at all and taste amazing grated over most things. If you want to join me in celebrating pancake ‘week’ then see below.

For the pancakes (this is a standard pancake batter) Sift the flour and salt together in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs. Whisk the eggs and slowly incorporate the flour until smooth. Whisk in the milk and water in slowly, whisking out any lumps. When ready to cook, heat a fairly small non-stick pan with a little oil and get it really nice and hot. Ladle out a spoonful of batter, then add a few spring onions before flipping to cook the other side.

These are some recipes collected over the years in kitchens. They are mainly in note form, hence rough, and often scribbled down like a madwoman. Contact me if it’s all too confusing!