Lactose and Gluten Free
- 500g of pork neck, pork tenderloin, pork strips or pork cubed. Pork neck you may need to get from the butcher. If you're using pork tenderloin, store bought pork strips or cubes (of course you can cut your own) you will need about 1-2kg for plenty of meat to place on the skewer. Experiment using chicken, lamb or fish. If you don't want to use skewers, that's fine too.
- 6 spring onions
- 2 tablespoons white sugar or castor sugar
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce (Ayam's Fish Sauce is gluten free)
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 2 x cloves of garlic, finely chopped or 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon of cracked pepper
- If using skewers, place these in cold water 30 minutes before. This helps them soften and less likely to splinter.
- If cooking with pork neck, wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer for a hour before use, it makes it easier to slice. Cut into 3mm pieces.
- Finely slice and dice the white part of the spring onions only. Set aside the green section to use in your salad later.
- Place the spring onion (and mint if using) in a mortar and pestle and grind into a paste. Now, I don't have a mortar and pestle yet (it's on my wish list :). Simply place the ingredients in a zip lock bag, ensuring that the bag is properly, securely sealed. Let out any pockets of air and pound away with a meat hammer, a rolling pin or a small heavy pan. Make sure there's no air pockets or the bag may explode on you. I'm sure your kitchen will have something you can use. I stick with the rolling pin.
- In a large bowl, add smashed spring onions, sugar, fish sauce, honey, garlic and pepper. Mix to combine, ensuring sugar is dissolved. Taste. If you want it sweeter add more honey. :)
- Add pork or whatever meat you're using and marinate for at least 2 hours. 24 hours gives a more intense divine flavour.
- Skewer Method: Thread meat and any optional vegetables/seafood onto the wood.
- Cook on low to medium on a grill or bbq for 2-3 minutes each side until cooked
- Stove Top Method: You can elect to use the marinade in the cooking process or leave it out. You'll get more taste if you leave it in. Throw all ingredients into a fry pan or wok and cook into marinade reduces to a sauce.
- Serve with stir fry, salad and/or rice.