In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Stewed Pork With Pak Choi.

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Here’s a great way to combine two classic Caribbean recipes to form a mouth-watering delight. Usually this is made with left over stewed pork which is added the final minutes of cooking pak choi, but this approach will see you stew the pork first and then add the diced pak choi the final 10 minutes of cooking. You can also refer back to the original Stew Pork and Pak Choi recipes if you’re looking to have them separate. This recipe was passed on to me last weekend when I visited my parents, so full props to my mom for once again coming through.

You’ll Need…

1lb pork – cubed into 3/4 inch pieces
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ketchup
2 cloves of garlic – thinly sliced or crushed
1 teaspoon fresh or bottled ginger – sliced. (use 1/2 if it’s ginger powder)
2 tablespoon vegetable oil (one that can withstand high heat)
1 medium onion – chopped
1 medium tomato – chopped
1 tablespoon Caribbean green seasoning
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup water
dash of black pepper
1/4 hot pepper (sliced thin – leave out seeds to control heat)
1 scallion – chopped
2 sprigs of fresh thyme (1 teaspoon dried)
1 lime or lemon or 3 tablespoons of vinegar
1 bundle pak choi (about 2lbs)

I purchased a piece of pork (leg cut) with some fat (but trimmed a bit) as I like the flavour you get from it when cooked. Plus I find that due to the long cooking process (I like the meat very tender) a lean piece of pork will be overly dry. The first step is to cut the pork into cubes about 3/4 inch and wash with the lime or lemon juice and water (not the water mentioned in the list above), then drain dry and get ready for seasoning.

Add everything to the bowl with the cubed pork, except the oil, water, sugar and pak choi, then stir around. Allow this to marinate for about 30 minutes at least, in the fridge. If you can allow for 2hrs of marinating, I find the results are much better.

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Let’s get to stewing the pork. Place a solid pan on a med to high heat and pour in the oil. To which (when hot) add the brown sugar an stir regular. The idea is to get the sugar to melt and then go to a rich dark golden colour (frothy). If it goes beyond this dark golden colour you will end up with a bitter tasting end product. Refer to the pics below and do two things. 1 have the seasoned pork at easy access since timing is key and 2. use care when adding the pork (and marinade) to the pot, since it’s being added to hot oil and melted sugar. Now stir around so everything gets coated with that rich caramel we created (don’t worry it will not be a sweet dish), bring to a boil then simmer to as low as you can, add the 1/4 cup of water and allow to simmer for 40 minutes covered. It will spring it’s own natural juices as well. Remember to add the 1/4 cup of water to the same bowl you had the meat marinating in, so you can pick up anything that was left back.

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While this simmers (remember to stir every 10 minutes or so), let’s prepare the Pak Choi. Pak Choi is usually planted in somewhat sandy soil and can be packaged with some of that dirt and grit. Take apart each leaf and rinse under running water. Remember to rub the stalks with your fingers while under the running water as well. Now using a sharp knife cut the stalk (white part) into strips about 1/2 inch thick (refer to pic below), then roll into a bundle and slice everything (including the green parts) about 1/4 inch thick. Place in a drainer of some sort and rinse and allow to drain.

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Now that the pork has been cooking for about 40 minutes, remove the lid and turn up the heat to burn off all the liquid completely, but remember to keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Then add the sliced Pak Choi to the pot and turn the heat back down to medium/low covered for 7 minutes. The final step is to remove the lid, turn up the heat and once agin try to burn of any remaining liquid. NOTE: Depending on how cooked (crisp) you like you Pak Choi, feel free to adjust the cooking time after you add it to the pot. In total I cooked the pack choi for 10 minutes after adding it to the pot.

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There you go… a tasty combination that goes well with brown rice (as above), roti (fry bake, Sada , buss-up-shut), pita bread, on sandwiches or as a main side to accompany any dinner. Please don’t forget to leave me your comments below (always appreciated..even if it’s just a hello) and join us on Facebook by clicking on the image below.

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  1. Sandra Lepinski
    April 2, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    I always loved Pak choi with rice. I have never cook this dish before, my mother made this dish.

  2. January 26, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    I guess this is a fine time to incorporate Pak Choi to my menu.

  3. Bernice Martin
    September 13, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    I love pakchoi this would be heavenly with white rice.

  4. Rebecca
    March 27, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    I love this recipe. I have been using pak choi for years. I also use pak choi with leftover stew chicken. I have even added it to curry chicken and my children and husband love it. thanks again for all your wonderful recipe

  5. Sydney
    March 14, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Can I use cut up pork loin ribs in this recipe?

  6. gloria
    January 23, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Hi Chris,
    Love your recipes. Have tried a number all good.
    I have been wondering if you are ever going to publish any Slow Cooker recipe. Your Stew Pork and Pak Choi looks as if it would work in the slow cooker.

  7. Marta M Deniz
    July 6, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    It was very easy to fallow every step of this recipe, thanks a lot, it was delicious!!

  8. Bill
    March 24, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    What cut of pork do you recommend?

  9. Marg
    January 18, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Well, this sounds absolutely heavenly. I was looking for a recipe to cook pak choi as a side dish,. but couldn’t find one that seemed tasty.Then I decided to go with the usual Pork and Pak Choi, which I have done before. Found your recipe and it has some ingredients and method which I haven’t tried before. I will surely write again after doing this recipe, but I have no doubt that it will be divine. Thanks much. BTW, I am Jamaican!

  10. Peter
    March 18, 2013 / 7:39 am

    perfect lunch meal! thanks

  11. August 30, 2012 / 12:28 pm

    Hi Chris this patchoi and stew pork recipe looks really good. I couldv just imagine the taste. One of these days I will try it. Thanks.

  12. Ria
    August 29, 2012 / 11:35 am

    thats what i cooked today. great minds

  13. Golden Eagle
    August 26, 2012 / 10:09 pm

    The cooking time for the pork depends on how tender the meat is.

  14. Blü
    August 10, 2011 / 2:37 pm

    This is really good!
    Thanks Chris

  15. Tee jay
    January 14, 2011 / 10:28 am

    well done man, are you back in trini? The ingredients look healthy and organic

  16. nyla
    October 25, 2010 / 12:32 pm

    made this for a potluck last week and it was a big hit. Was voted best dish! Thanks, Chris.

  17. October 24, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    man I wish I had thought to buy some pak choi because I LOVE it. but I'll just have to settle for stew pork. It will still be yummy 🙂

  18. Dawn
    August 12, 2010 / 4:51 pm

    I've been meaning to cook with pork for some time, Chris. So thanks for the incentive. Of all vegetables I love pak choi and melongen most, so this recipe should be a hit. Thanks much.

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