Thursday, February 23, 2012

Caramelized Pork Salad

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulleth edge of husbandry.
       -- Shakespeare, Hamlet (1.3.75-77)
Shakespeare might not condone borrowing, but I borrowed this recipe from Charlie Louie at Hotly Spiced, and I am very glad I did.  Although "borrowed" might be the wrong word because I plan to keep this recipe and make it again.

Hotly Spiced is a fun blog filled with gorgeous food photos and recipes punctuated by often hilarious stories.  If you check it out, you'll no doubt be hooked.  Thanks, Charlie, for the recipe!  You can find it on Hotly Spiced.

This is a very flavorful dish with ingredients that are maybe not as familiar to American palates, like anise and fish sauce.  Combine these with soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, and mint, and you have a complex flavor that is unique and special.  I tried to follow the recipe as closely as I could, but did have to substitute dried for fresh basil and coriander in the salad, and I used 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder in place of chopped chilies.  This is because my grocery was out of all three of these and I didn't want to search all over town.  I also used anise seeds rather than ground anise because I had them on hand.  Even with my substitutions, it still turned out fabulous.  Really fabulous.  Thanks, again, Hotly Spiced, for a fantastic new recipe!


  1. That's so funny, I was cleaning my kitchen cabinets yesterday and I found a bottle of ground anise. Nice idea, I will be using anise in my recipes.

  2. I love savory caramelized dishes! This picture makes my mouth water :-)

  3. I will be "borrowing" this recipe as well! Thanks,Suzy

  4. Sounds and looks really great!

  5. holy cow, its 9:30 AM and this made my mouth water. I think I will just have to try this recipe out! Thanks so much for sharing!


  6. It looks so pretty and yummy! Thanks for suggesting another blog to check out!

  7. Sounds pretty interesting. I found you through Leanns blog and see you were from the Etsy Vintage team. I am a member and would love to have you follow me back. :)

  8. Hi Posy, thanks for the shout out! I'm so glad this recipe was a success. That's a shame you couldn't buy the fresh herbs - they really do make a huge difference. And if you can't get fish sauce, just substitute it for soy because really, in Thai cooking you're just after that saltiness. Your version looks very good. xx


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