Wethani kyet

Wethani kyet

Fried pork curry

By
From
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Serves
8-10
Photographer
Alan Benson

You may take one look at the ingredients of this recipe and feel sure there’s been a mistake in the amount of garlic and ginger, but this isn’t so. This favourite Burmese preparation has the most delicious flavour, and is supposed to be a way of preserving pork for months without refrigeration. In our house however, it’s eaten so quickly I haven’t been able to test the theory.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 onions, roughly chopped
20 garlic cloves
200g fresh ginger, chopped
2kg pork neck or leg, skin and bones removed, meat cut into 2.5 cm cubes
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons vinegar
1-2 teaspoons chilli powder
185ml peanut oil
60ml sesame oil
1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Method

  1. Put the onion, garlic and ginger into a food processor and process until well combined. Turn out into a sieve set over a bowl and push with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible, reserving the solids. Pour this liquid into a large saucepan, add the pork, salt, vinegar, chilli powder and half of the peanut oil and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1–1 ½ hours, or until the pork is almost tender. Remove from the heat.
  2. Heat the remaining peanut oil and sesame oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over low heat. Add the reserved onion solids and turmeric and stir-fry until the oil returns and the mixture starts to stick to the pan, about 25 minutes. I find I need to add a tablespoon of water from time to time and to stir frequently to prevent sticking. Halfway through cooking the onion mixture, spoon off some of the oil that has risen to the top of the pork mixture and add it to the onions.
  3. When the mixture is a reddish-brown, add the pork ingredients from the first pan and continue cooking until the oil separates again and the liquid is almost evaporated, stirring frequently. Serve with white rice and accompaniments.
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The Complete Asian Cookbook
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