We love Thai food in my home and had been craving it for weeks. The heat from the chiles, the subtle sweetness from the citrus, and the layers of flavor that meat just soaks up. Among my favorites is Crispy Thai Pork. So that’s what became our late night, date night dinner with tons of texture, spice and heat. Date night couldn’t have been better.
Though, I typically make dishes for the whole family, this dish was for date night and so I just let it all hang out. I fell in love with Thai food in Maine (don’t look at me that way). Because Maine is an immigration resettlement state (or at least it was) there a tons of refugees that hail from all across the world. In turn, it’s grown into quiet a unique culinary hub. While in college there, there was a perfect little Thai restaurant my friends and I would go to. I was determined to try everything on the menu before I graduated. It didn’t happen but my love for the food is rooted in the happiness I felt there.
My love of great, soul warming food often leads me to those dishes that remind me of great times. So it’s understandable that while at the Asian Food Market, I purchased a little more ground pork than I needed. Once it’s in the bag, I hate to ask the guy behind the counter to put some back. And besides it’s not like I won’t use it. So, after making a boatload of pork egg rolls, I still had pork leftover. But I was done making egg rolls. So this Crispy Thai Pork became our late night, date night dish. With a side of egg rolls of course.
I’m a cravings type of girl and I’ve had Thai food on the mind. I passed one of my fav Thai food places the other day and was very tempted to U-turn and stop. It has so many delicious dishes including a crispy pork. The crispy pork there is not made with ground pork but that’s what I had so that’s what I used.
The one thing I did run out to get were some Thai chiles. I love some heat and Thai chiles definitely deliver that. Of course, if you are not that into spice you can opt for a less hot chile or eliminate it all together. Either way, you can not go wrong with a dish that has a ton of flavor and cooks in about 15 minutes.
Crispy Thai Pork
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 red or green Thai chiles, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 cup lime juice
Garnish: chopped basil, mint, cilantro and lime wedge
Tools: Large pan (preferably a Cast Iron) and a spoon
Heat oil in a large pan over high heat. Add Thai chiles and garlic and cook until garlic turns golden brown.
Add pork to pan with chiles and garlic and season with salt and pepper.
Use spoon to break up pork and press it down into the pan.
Cook for about 8 minutes until pork turns brown and begins to crisp.
Add broth, soy sauce, fish sauce and brown sugar and allow to cook until all the liquid evaporates.
Scrape the bottom of the pan then mix in the lime juice.
Served over rice, topped with cilantro, basil, mint and spritz of lime. This dish is perfectly spicy for a spicy night. What fiery dish do you love for date night.
If you like this recipe, you should try my Thai Coconut Curry Chicken.