Pork fillet with Oriental plum sauce, tatsoi and crispy noodles

Prep Time: 90
Servings: 4
Cooking Time: 15
  • 600.00g - pork fillet, trimmed of excess sinew
  • 60.00ml - ketchap manis* (or good quality thick soy sauce)
  • 1.00piece - thumb-length piece of root ginger, peeled and roughly sliced
  • 200.00ml - oil for deep frying
  • 200.00g - rice noodles, soaked in boiling water to soften
  • 45.00ml - soy sauce
  • 100.00g - baby tatsoi leaves (or baby spinach leaves)
  • 5.00ml - salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10.00ml - Sauce: peanut oil
  • 2.00 - shallots (or pickling onions), chopped
  • 1.00cloves - garlic clove, crushed
  • 5.00ml - Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 30.00ml - brown sugar
  • 30.00ml - red wine
  • 450.00g - red plums, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 50.00ml - water
Oven temperature: 180 °C
1. Marinate the pork in the ketchap manis and ginger for 30-60 minutes.

2. Heat the oil for deep-frying (approximately 200 °C). Drain the cooked rice noodles and stir the soy sauce through. Fry the noodles ? one spoon at a time ? to form golden-brown noodle cakes. Drain on absorbent paper.

3. Thoroughly wash the tatsoi or baby spinach leaves and set aside.

4. Prepare the sauce: Heat the peanut oil in a heavy-based saucepan and fry the shallots, garlic and Chinese 5-spice powder for a few minutes until the shallots are soft and transparent. Add the sugar, red wine, plums and water. Simmer at a low temperature for 45 minutes until the sauce is thick and glossy. Strain the sauce through a sieve and keep it warm.

5. Heat a saucepan with a heavy base and seal the fillet until golden brown on both sides. Place it on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

6. Diagonally slice the fillet into 2cm-thick slices and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve the fillet with tatsoi leaves, crisp noodle cakes and thick plum sauce. *Ketchap manis is a thick, sweet soy sauce from Indonesia with the consistency of molasses ? it's available at Oriental specialist stores and selected delis.

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