Recipe: Babi asam pedis - Spicy pork in tamarind sauce
Babi asam pedis is a delicious Indonesian pork dish, soaked in a spicy, sour tamarind marinade. It's traditionally served as a side dish.
- 500 g / 1 lbs lean pork meat
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon sambal Ulek
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 cm / ½ inch ginger root
- 40 g / 1.4 oz pressed tamarind pulp (sold as blocks in oriental stores) to make the tamarind sauce
- 6 spring onions
- 3 red chillies
- 3 tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
- a pinch of salt
- Cut the pork into thin slices.
- Put the tamarind pulp into a bowl, add 200 cl hot water, let it soak for a few minutes, stirring once in a while.
- Sieve the mixture, pressing as much pulp as possible through the sieve.
- Crush and chop the garlic into small pieces, peel and grate the ginger root.
- Add the crushed garlic, grated ginger, salt, sambal Ulek and cornstarch to the tamarind mixture.
- In this, let the pork slices marinade for at least one hour.
- Stir-fry the pork in a wok for 5 to 10 minutes, until the meat is brown, then remove it from the wok.
- Chop the spring onions, chillies and tomatoes.
- Stir-fry the spring onions and chillies for 3 minutes, then add the pork, tomatoes and kecap manis and heat it through.
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