Following the post on how to cook fried pork belly strips, today I will show you how to cook ground pork belly on lemongrass stalks. Almost having same ingredients with the fried pork belly strips, this ground pork belly on lemongrass stalks recipe is also effortless and less time-consuming but very flavorful and good for your lunch or dinner. You dip these lemongrass stalks of fried ground pork belly in sweet and sour chili sauce then eat them with some crisp lettuces and cucumber slices. So tasty and appetizing!
The kids in your family will love this food, and so will the adults, just like mine. You see, with only some adjustments to the ingredients and the way they are prepared, you can enrich your family menu and make your home a sweet home for all the family members. They will miss the family meals when they are away from home. I am sure you are happy about that, just like me.
Fried Ground Pork Belly on Lemongrass Stalks
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Category: How to Cook
- Method: Frying
- 300g ground skinless pork belly
- 10 stalks of lemongrass
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 shallots
- 1 tsp of finely-crushed black pepper
- 2 tsp of seasoning powder
- MSG (optional)
- 1 cup of cooking oil
Although I have mentioned how to pick good quality pork belly in this post, I want to note here again that you should go for pork belly having healthy pink color of the meat and having more meat than fat so that you have the best ground pork for this fried pork on lemongrass stalks. You can buy pre-made ground pork belly, but I prefer to buy fresh pork belly strips then remove the skin and grind or chop them by myself to make sure the pork is clean the way I want.
1. Seasoning the ground pork belly
- Place the ground pork belly in a bowl.
- Put black pepper, seasoning powder, and MSG (optional) into the bowl.
- Mix the pork until the condiment has blended.
- Let the seasoned ground pork stand for 15 to 20 minutes for it to absorb the condiment so that it will be more tasteful after cooked.
2. Preparing the shallots, garlic and lemongrass
While waiting for the port to absorb condiment, we will prepare the shallots, garlic and lemongrass.
- Cut each lemongrass stalk to 15cm long, then use a pestle to slightly hammer the white end – where you will wrap ground pork on – to make it softer. The lemongrass flavor will blend in the pork during frying and bring the pork a better taste.
- Finely chop the shallots and garlic and some green part of the lemongrass for mixing them with the ground pork to increase flavor of the food. If you like spicy, add some chili.
3. Wrapping the ground pork on lemongrass stalks
Use clear plastic disposable cooking gloves in this step to prevent the pork to stick to your hands.
- Grasp a handful of ground pork and use a spoon to flat it out on your hand. Don’t grasp too much pork because you don’t want a thick layer of pork around the lemongrass stalk which can make frying more difficult.
- Place a lemon stalk on center of the pork and wrap the pork around it with your hand.
- Keep grasping the pork in your hand while turning the lemongrass stalk until they sticks together firmly.
- Repeat to wrap the remaining lemongrass stalks with pork.
4. Frying the lemongrass stalks of ground pork belly
For these pork on lemongrass stalks, you can fry or grill. I am going to fry them as it is easier.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan then pour the cooking oil in.
- When the oil is hot, place the pork on lemongrass stalks into the pan then turn the heat down to low heat.
- Keep turning the lemongrass stalk frequently but slightly so that the pork is cooked evenly.
- The frying is done when the pork just turns golden all around the lemongrass stalks. Over-frying the pork will make it hard and dry.
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