2 tablespoons of Farchiew spice
1 dried red chile
1 teaspoon each: salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 x 125g/4oz pork fillet steaks or loin chops
500g/1lb plum tomatoes
2 large shallots
1 large garlic clove
a little sunflower oil for frying
1 sprig of Asian sweet basil for, freshly picked (if possible)
1 green chile
1 tablespoon of sweet chile sauce
1 bunch of watercress for the garnish
Farchiew Pork Fillet
chef Mark Read
Evolving over the
centuries, Vietnamese cuisine has drawn on the influences of
Chinese, Indian, and French cuisine. Check out this delicious
recipe from Mark Read's Lemongrass and Lime.
Grind the Farchiew spice and dried red chile together (using
mortar and pestle) and combine with the seasoning. Transfer
to a shallow and use to coat the pork fillets. Place the tomatoes
in a bowl of boiling salted water for 10 seconds to blanch them.
Remove with a slotted spoon; peel de-seed and dice. Peel and
finely chop the shallots and garlic. Heat some sunflower oil
in a heavy-based frying pan and sauté the shallot and garlic
until golden, about two minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and
leave to simmer for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile finely shred
the basil and de-seed the finely chopped green chile. Add them
to the pan. Remove from the heat and stir in the sweet chile
Add some sunflower oil to a hot, heavy based frying pan and
fry the pork fillets until coloured on both sides and cooked
completely, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan, allow to rest
for 5 minutes on paper towels, then finely slice. To serve,
spoon a pool of tomato sauce onto each serving dish and arrange
the pork slices on top. Garnish with watercress.
To cook the pork more quickly and give it a fuller flavor, butterfly
the fillets before rolling them through the spice. To so this,
cut lengthwise through the fillet all the way through, then
unfold (or ask your butcher to do this for you).
Farchiew spice is similar to Szechwan spice and is part of the
taken from Lemongrass and Lime
by Mark Read.
Published by Tenspeed Press.
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Chef Mark Read lives in London, and presides over the kitchen
at Bam-Bou, where he reinvents traditional Vietnamese dishes
with a modern flair.