Asian Sticky Pork with Steamed Greens and Buckwheat Soba Noodles

Henrietta Norton BSc, Dip NT, MBANT, AFMCP Co-founder of Wild Nutrition and Nutritional Therapist.

Ingredients

1 pork fillet weighing 350-400g

For the marinade
2 dstsp rice wine vinegar
6 dstsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp corn flour
2 inches ginger, peeled nd grated
3 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
2 tsp chilli paste or a large pinch of chilli flakes
3 dstsp runny honey
2 tsp toasted sesame seed oil

For the greens and the noodles
2 tbsp rape seed oil
300g Asian greens, trimmed
300g Buckwheat noodles
1 inch ginger, peeled and cut into julienne (match sticks)
2 clves garlic
1 lime
2 tbsp light soy sauce


To serve
2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
Toasted sesame seed oil

Prep time 10 minutes plus 20 minutes marinating
Cook time 30-40 minutes
Serves 4
Preheat oven to fan 180oc

To have an Asian inspired dish or two in your repertoires can only be a good thing. Pork fillet is a very lean cut of meat that lends it’s self very well to Asian flavours. It’s a brilliant source of healthy protein as well as being rich is COEnymeQ10. New studies of Q10 suggested increased intake resulted in more successful rates of conception. You get double portions in this dish as this is also the case with sesame seeds. This dish is also rich in vitamin B12, which helps process folic acid, essential, especially when taking your supplements.

Make your marinade by combining all the ingredients well. Coat your pork fillet in the marinade and leave for 20 minutes, if you can afford to leave it for long then do.

When you are ready to cook, place your pork fillet on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and place into your preheated oven. Give the pork a brush with what marinade remains in the bottom of the bowl every five minutes.

You pork will take 25-30 minutes to cook in total.

When your pork is cooked, it should be golden on the outside and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with half of the sesame seeds. Leave to rest.
Cook your noodles in boiling salted water until tender. They will probably take around 5 minutes but follow the instructions on the packet as they all vary slightly.

Heat a large wok frying pan and add the rape seed oil.
Add the sliced ginger and garlic and cook for a few minutes before adding in the greens. Add a couple of tbsp of water to steam them and allow to cook, stirring every now and then for 3-4 minutes. Whilst they are steaming you can add any remaining marinade left over from the pork as well as any pork juices that have come out as the pork has been resting to the wok or frying pan.

Once you noodle are cooked, turn off the heat and drain. Toss in with the Asian greens.
Add the juice of a lime and a drizzle of sesame seed oil.
Serve in Chinese style bowls and sprinkle with more sesame seeds.
Slice your pork and serve on top of your noodles and greens.

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