Vietnamese Pork with
Orange Juice and Cilantro
- 1 (2 1/2 pound) loin of pork, center cut, trimmed of
most but not all the fat
- 20 small cloves garlic, peeled
- Sea salt and freshly
ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro stalks
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 whole allspice
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon fat skimmed
from the pan juices
- 3 green onions, trimmed and finely chopped, with most of
the green parts
- 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
of 2 large oranges
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro stalks
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and set the rack in the middle of the oven.
- Make 20 incisions all over the pork with the point of a sharp knife and
insert the cloves of garlic.
- Season the meat with salt and pepper to taste.
- Set the meat on a rack in a roasting pan and sprinkle the top thickly with the
1/3 cup chopped cilantro stalks.
- Put the broth, bay leaves and allspice in the
roasting pan, and cover the pan tightly with foil so that no steam will escape.
- Cook the meat until it is very tender but not falling apart, so that you
can slice it easily — about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
- Set the meat aside on a warm dish for about 15 minutes.
- Slice the meat,
cover with foil and keep warm in the oven.
- Meanwhile, degrease the broth.
- Put the butter and 1 tablespoon of the skimmed
fat in a saucepan and heat.
- Add the onions and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice
and fry gently until soft.
- Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice plus
the skimmed pan juices (be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan well for all
the scraps adhering to it), cover the pan and cook the sauce for about 5 minutes.
- Add the mustard, orange juice and the 1/4 cup chopped cilantro stalks.
uncovered, for about 4 minutes longer.
- Pour some of the sauce over the meat and pass the rest in a separate dish.
Makes 5 to 6 servings.
Source: Nothing Fancy by Diana Kennedy