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Pork

Sweet and sour pork

Sweet and sour pork

Sweet and sour sauce doesn't have to be thick, gluggy and bright orange. This modern, light version allows the succulence of the meat and the fresh flavours and different textures of a variety of vegetables and noodles to shine through.

Thai pork patties with coconut greens

Thai pork patties with coconut greens

For a lively midweek meal, try these little meat patties with vegetables, which are cooked with the typically aromatic Thai flavourings of green curry and lemongrass. Serve with steamed rice or coconut rice on the side, if desired.

Stir-fried pork with bok choy

Stir-fried pork with bok choy

Stir–fries do not have to be complicated, with numerous ingredients, as this simple recipe shows. Here strips of pork tenderloin are marinated then stir–fried with bok choy, allowing the flavours of the key ingredients to really shine through.

Stir-fried pork with Chinese greens

Stir-fried pork with Chinese greens

A perfect easy, simple and delicious one–dish meal for any occasion.

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Chinese pork and cabbage rolls

Chinese pork and cabbage rolls

Crunchy water chestnuts are combined with minced (ground) pork, soy sauce, fresh ginger and Chinese five–spice to make a Chinese–style filling for fresh cabbage leaves. Serve with steamed white rice and a simple salad for a quick and easy family meal.

Chinese pork with plums

Chinese pork with plums

Plums are a good source of vitamin C, giving them antioxidant properties and also helping to increase the absorption of iron in the body. If fresh plums are unavailable use canned instead.

Chinese roast pork

Chinese roast pork

A hoisin and soy marinade adds rich colour and flavour to lean and juicy pork fillets. It makes a wonderful meal that is perfect for entertaining when served with lightly sautéed carrots and Asian greens or with noodles or steamed rice on the side.

Chinese slow-cooked pork

Chinese slow-cooked pork

Star anise, soy and ginger add wonderful flavours to this deliciously tender pork casserole, simmered with carrots and mushrooms. Rice noodles cooked in exotic, rich juices make this into a complete meal that is sure to impress.

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Asian pork salad

Asian pork salad

Asian pork salad makes a terrific lunch idea or light dinner. You can purchase Asian barbecued pork from most Asian butchers or substitute with chicken or pork loin steak or chops, or toss in toasted peanuts or cashew nuts for added texture.

Pork meatball broth

Pork meatball broth

Aromatic rice and pork meatballs and lots of interesting vegetables bring Asian flavours to this satisfying main–meal soup. Serve it at the table in a warmed tureen or straight from the pan. The meatballs work equally well if made from chicken.

Spiced pork with sweet potatoes

Spiced pork with sweet potatoes

This thoroughly modern casserole is a delicious example of fusion cooking, marrying ingredients and flavours from diverse cuisines. Asian spices, sweet potatoes and fruit flavours go very well with the lean pork. Serve with a simple salad.

Goulash in a hurry

Goulash in a hurry

This shortcut version of classic Hungarian goulash is rich and delicious. Strips of lean pork, shredded red cabbage and green capsicum cook quickly and taste excellent with the traditional flavourings of paprika and caraway seeds. Serve with rice or noodles and a simple green salad.

Cidered pork stew with light herb dumplings

Cidered pork stew with light herb dumplings

A spoonful of Dijon mustard peps up this simple, vegetable–rich pork stew. Fluffy herb dumplings served on top help to mop up every bit of the full–flavoured sauce, and turn the stew into a well–balanced meal in a bowl. You can vary the herbs in the dumplings for a different result.

Pork and spinach enchiladas

Pork and spinach enchiladas

Much of the delight of Mexican food is in the abundance of salad–type toppings that contrast so well with the hot ingredients. Although these enchiladas are made with less fat than usual, their traditional character is preserved. Serve with fromage frais or sour cream.

Pork pot-stickers with spicy peanut salad

Pork pot-stickers with spicy peanut salad

These fragrant Chinese–style pasta purses are made with wonton wrappers, available from Asian supermarkets. They are part fried, then simmered in stock and served on a bed of green leaves with a salad of crunchy vegetables, peanuts and coriander. Serve as a starter.

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