Braised Pork with Plums Casserole



This is one of our absolute favourites! Braised pork with plums is a warming delicious Autumnal dish. Packed with many complimentary flavours this recipe will certainly get you through the cold months! Great simple dinner idea for parties or meals with the whole family. You will need large bowl and a large heat proof casserole dish for this recipe.





Deseed and finely chop the chili.
Finely slice the spring onion bunch.
Halve and de-stone the plums.


Cut the pork into big pieces about the length of your thumb and twice as wide. Put into a large bowl and add the rice wine, soy sauces, half the ginger, half the garlic and half the chili. Marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours


Heat the oven to 140°C.



Heat the oil on the stove in a large casserole, tip in half the spring onions, remaining ginger and garlic, star anise, five spice powder and cinnamon. Fry gently until fragrant and soft.


Stir in the sugar, turn up the heat, then lift the pork from the marinade and place in the casserole with the onion mix, cook for about 3 mins until the meat is just sealed but not browned.


Tip in the marinade, tomato puree and stock, give it a stir, cover, then place in the oven and cook for 2 ½ hours.


After the first hour is up, add the plums to the pan.


Take the lid off and carry on cooking uncovered. The meat should be completely tender, turning golden brown where it breaks the surface of the sauce.


Spoon off any excess fat from surface, then scoop the meat and plums carefully from the pan with a slotted spoon and set them aside.


Turn the oven up to 180°C and let the sauce cook for a further 5-10 mins until reduced and slightly syrupy.


Final Touches

Return everything (plum and pork) to the pan gently warm through, then scatter the spring onions over the top to serve.


Braised Pork with Plums Casserole

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1.6kg Pork Shoulder
5 tbsp Rice Wine
5 tbsp Light Soy Sauce For Flavour
1 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce For Colour
Thumb Sized Piece Fresh Root Ginger Be Generous
5 Garlic Cloves
1 Red Chili
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Bunch Spring Onions
2 Star Anise
1 ½ tsp Five Spice Powder
1 Cinnamon Stick
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Tomato Puree
500 mls Chicken Stock
6 Plums

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