Pan-fried pork chops with honey and sesame

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Serves 4  

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: about 10 minutes

  • 4 pork loin or rib chops
  • 45 ml soy sauce
  • 5 ml sesame oil
  • about 10 ml honey
  • 30 ml roasted sesame seeds

1 Make the sauce by mixing the soy sauce, sesame oil and honey. Set aside.

2 Using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, trim off the rind and most of the fat layer, until you’re left with a 1 cm layer of fat on the chops. Chop the trimmed fat into blocks and cut the rind into small blocks.

3 Heat a pan and gently render the fat from the blocks until there is a good amount in the pan, then fry the chopped rind in it until crispy. Season with a generous pinch of sea salt. Remove the crispy rind but reserve the fat.

4 Season the meat on both sides with salt and black pepper. Fry the chops fat side first (use tongs to hold them upright). Once the fat is nicely browned, fry the chops for 2 minutes on each side. Keep a spatula handy to press down the chops in the pan to stop them curling up as the meat browns. Turn the chops over as needed until they have cooked for about 8 minutes. Use your judgment and let the thickness of your chops determine the cooking time.

5 Brush the chops generously with the basting sauce and fry for another minute or so on each side until well caramelised. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over and remove from the heat. Let the meat rest for a few minutes.

* Serve with kimchi noodles and green stir-fry veggies; mashed potatoes and broccoli or cauliflower; or choose long-grain rice, a fried egg and coleslaw. Have fun with different combinations!

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