Honey glazed pork is a delicious dish that is best eaten with rice. You can serve it in individual rice bowls for better presentation. Pork chops can also be used instead of pork belly if desired. If you are a sweet and spicy fan, just add some fresh red chili to the sauce to give it an added zing.
6 slices pork belly, sliced into 1/4 inch thick pieces
3 pieces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 large bunch spinach
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Salt and ground white pepper to taste
For the marinade:
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped spring onions
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons of water
Salt and pepper to taste
Next, combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. After, place the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey the bay leaf, star anise and spring onions in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring it to a boil. Stir in the cornstarch mixture. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce thickens a little. Season it with salt and pepper. Set aside and let it cool.
Place the pork and 1/2 cup soy sauce and honey mixture in a covered container or re-sealable bag. Refrigerate and allow it to marinate overnight.
Boil water in a medium sized saucepan and blanche the spinach in the pan for 2-3 minutes. Drain. Place the spinach in a medium sized bowl. Add the sesame oil and sugar mixture. Toss until the leaves are coated in oil. Season it with salt and pepper.
Reheat the remaining sauce over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Combine the sugar and sesame oil in a small bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Grease an iron griddle and then grill the mushrooms for 1 minute or until they are tender. Transfer them to a plate and then grill marinated pork for 3-5 minutes per side or until cooked and browned.
Place the grilled pork, spinach and mushrooms on a serving platter or individual plates. Drizzle it with the remaining sauce. Serve immediately with rice.
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