Braised pork cheeks with five spice and pak choi


First published in 2017
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Braised pork cheeks

Pak choi


To begin, place a large pan over a medium heat. Once hot, add the oil, season the cheeks and add to the pan. Cook all over until golden brown, then remove and set aside
Reduce the heat and add the onion, cooking until soft and translucent. Add the spices, garlic bulb, soy sauce and stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Pour everything into a pressure cooker with the browned pork cheeks
Seal the pressure cooker and cook over a medium-high heat for 45 minutes. After this time, remove from the heat and allow to depressurise for 15–20 minutes
Remove the lid from the pressure and check that the cheeks are nice and tender – they should still hold their shape but easily fall apart once cut
Transfer the cooking liquid to a clean pan and reduce until you are left with 800ml of liquid. Pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan to remove the spices
Place the liquid over a medium heat and bring to a simmer. Combine the butter and flour in a small bowl to form a smooth paste, then whisk the paste into the hot stock, a small piece at a time, until the sauce is nice and thick
Taste for seasoning, add the honey and a pinch of salt if needed
Heat the sesame oil in a sauté pan over a high heat. Separate the pak choi stems and add to the pan, frying briefly until wilted but still keeping some crunch
Transfer the pak choi to a serving platter and place the cheeks in the middle. Serve immediately with a garnish of toasted sesame seeds
First published in 2017
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