One more thing to try to reduce your food bill? Buy what the grocery store puts on sale.
If your store is like mine, there are great offers every week… especially on large packages of meat. I took advantage of a recent offer on pork chops, paired them with a recent Chinatown purchase and made this tasty main course.
The special star of this dish is the five-spice powder which is an exotic mixture of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, sichuan pepper and star anise. The ‘Good Quality’ kind.
Mix the five-spice powder with salt and pepper.
Coat the pork chops with sesame oil (another Chinatown grocery store purchase) and sprinkle with the five-spice mixture.
After letting the chops sit for 5 minutes, get them ready to broil.
While the pork is in the oven, slice the green onions.
After 4 minutes (or so), flip the pork chops.
Four more minutes under the broiler, sprinkled with Worcestershire sauce and green onions. Served with Thai Stir-Fried Greens and some rice.
Five-spice Broiled Pork Chops, served with rice and Thai Stir-Fried Greens.
From A Wok for All Seasons, Martin Yan
(From the National Public Television Series Yan Can Cook)
Five-spice Broiled Pork Chops
Yield: 4 Servings
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
4 pork chops (about 8 oz. each), cut 1/2″ thick
4 teaspoons sesame oil
1 green onion (including top), slivered
Combine salt, pepper and five-spice in small bowl. Brush each pork chop with sesame oil, then sprinkle with five-spice mixture. Set aside for ten minutes.
Place pork chops on rack in a broiling pan. Broil 3 inches below heat, turning once, for 4 minutes on each side or until meat near bone is no longer pink in the centre. Sprinkle with green onion and Worcestershire sauce.