Saturday, December 19, 2009

Baked Pork Chops with Fried Rice (焗豬扒飯)

Finally done with the Respiratory module before Xmas and it's FREEDOM!!!! I am now almost halfway done with med school!! I was all ready to spend Christmas back in Singapore with my parents until the blizzard hit yesterday. Of course, being in the South did not bode well for traveling since nobody can deal with the snow and ice. All flights are canceled and I won't be able to fly out till Tuesday =(


Meanwhile, if you're looking for a cozy meal in this chilly weather, try this delicious Baked Pork Chops over Fried Rice recipe from Hong Kong. It was one of my favorite meals to order as a child at any HK Cafes ( 茶餐厅)and since there are no good Chinese food in the area, my kitchen has become my #1 Chinese Restaurant in Richmond. :) My favorite part of this dish is the melted mozzarella spread over finely baked loin chops and tomato sauce.

4 pieces of pork loin/pork chops (flattened with the back of your knife, makes it softer)
1/2 yellow onion
1 bell pepper
1 tomato, sliced coarsely
6-7 fresh mushrooms (sliced)
2 cups of rice (leftover rice even better)
2 eggs, beaten
2 garlic cloves, diced
mozzarella cheese + any cheese you like ( I used some colby and monterey cheese as well)

Marinade for Pork Chops:
3 tbsp of light soy sauce
2 tbsp of shaoxing wine (chinese cooking wine)
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tsp salt
dash of white pepper
dash of sesame oil

5 tbsp tomato paste ( you can also use tomato sauce
3/4 C of chicken stock
salt and sugar to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Rinse and wipe dry pork chops. Use the back of a chopper to tenderize them. Mix well with marinade and leave for 30 minutes. Put pork chops in a frying pan over high heat until both sides are brown. Set aside.
  3. Add oil in frying pan,  toss in white rice, stir well. Sprinkle salt and pepper and a dash of soy sauce. Cook for about 3 minutes, then make a hole in the middle and pour in the beaten eggs. When the eggs are almost cooked, stir the rice and eggs around. It's like making scrambled eggs in rice! Arrange on an oven proof ceramic plate.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil to sauté onion & minced garlic. Toss in mushrooms and leave them to cook until dry. Add green peppers, tomatoes, add a dash of cooking wine & liberally sprinkle salt.  Add tomato paste, chicken broth gradually. Adjust consistency of sauce accordingly with flour and add salt and sugar to taste. Toss in pork chops. Place sauce mixture over fried rice. Sprinkle cheese generously on top.
  5. Bake in the oven at 400F for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese turns golden.
  6. Enjoy!

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