Thai style aromatic minced pork w pineapple

Recipe by Mish Delish

This dish makes a great starter as it really gets the palette firing. The balance of flavours is quite amazing with the pork salty and sweet and the acidity of the pineapple bringing it all together.

  • ½ cup peanut oil
  • 3 pink shallots, finely sliced
  • 300g coarsely ground minced pork
  • white pepper to season
  • 4 coriander roots, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 1 small bullet chili
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup good quality fish sauce
  • 2 tbs deep fried shallots
  • ½ cup crushed peanuts
  • ½ pineapple, skinned, quartered and thinly sliced
  • fresh mint, small leaves picked
  • kaffir lime leaf, finely shredded
  1. Heat the peanut oil on a medium heat and fry off the shallots for 5 minutes or until deeply golden. Drain the shallots on a paper towel and set aside. Reserve the peanut oil.
  2. Pour 1 tbs of the peanut oil into a wok and reheat until hot. Add the minced pork and saute until cooked (about 4-5 minutes). Season to taste with white pepper and drain the pork on a paper towel and allow to cool.
  3. In a mortar and pestle, pound the coriander roots, garlic, ginger and chilli together with a small pinch of salt, until a fine paste. Add the paste to the wok on a medium heat with another tablespoon of the reserved peanut oil until fragrant. Add the coconut sugar and the fish sauce and simmer gently. When the sauce is starting to caramelise and thicken, add the cooked pork and stir to combine. Lastly, add the shallots and peanuts and stir through.
  4. Spoon the Thai style aromatic minced pork mixture onto the sliced pineapple and top with extra shallots, mint and shredded kaffir lime leaf.