Ok. This is a really simple recipe with what I can find at home (and you should too). Baked Pork Chops are one of the dishes I order when I would dine in at an Asian Cafe in Alhambra/San Gabriel area. Why? Because it's always one of the safest dishes to order. Kind of like.. ordering Pad Thai at a Thai restaurant or Pho in a Vietnamese restaurant. Get it?
Back to pork chop.
I got 4 slices of pork probably totaling 2 pounds. I seasoned both sides with salt, white pepper and a little garlic powder. The chops were dusted light with some flour.
Heat up your pan with a few tablespoons of olive oil (or your oil of preference) and cook pork until nice and golden on each side.
For the rice portion of this dish, I made fried rice. Just a very basic garlic fried rice. I sauteed some minced garlic in the same pan as my pork (I have a large Scanpan), and dropped some white Jasmine rice that I made (3 and a 1/2 scoop was rinsed and cooked on the dryer side). After most of the moisture is cooked out of the rice, 6 eggs were beat before dousing it over the rice. The rice was just seasoned with salt, soy sauce and white pepper. Feel free to throw in some frozen peas and carrots if you have any, I was just salvaging what I had at home.
The fried rice was cooked on high heat until the most of the moisture was gone. This is not my official fried rice recipe, so chill if you don't like this. Feel free to use plain white rice as well.
The tomato sauce was made from:
- one 28oz (or around this size) can of crushed tomatoes
- mixed with 1/2 a cup of ketchup
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of sugar (the tomatoes I had were tart)
- 3-5 minced garlic (depending on how large your cloves are)
- 1 teaspoon of white pepper
Everything was cooked down for about 15 minutes.
Layer your fried rice (or plain rice), top with a layer of your tomato sauce, layer your pork, add more sauce, top with cheddar cheese, and then put it in your broiler for 10 minutes.
Enjoy while it's still hot!
Yes, there isn't anything crazy about the recipe. This again, is something you should be able to find in your kitchen. For the tomato sauce, you can find more ingredients to add in and the same goes for the fried rice. The tomato sauce for this is supposed to be sweet, so don't freak out. I love to add carrots to the to the tomato sauce and let the sweetness of that carry over the sauce. You can also splash a little cream in your tomato sauce to thicken it a bit as well.
Honestly, this dish is basically fried rice, with sweet tomato sauce, fried pork with cheese melted on top.
Feel free to share your recipe. I've been really busy, so a dish like this where I don't have to think hard on specific ingredients is my go to. There are many versions to make this, but I don't have time to marinade anything, and I definitely don't have some seasonings that recipes asks for... but this was comforting! So yeah, I don't care.
I have enough for lunch it it only costed be less than $10 for 4 meals. Stay tuned for a fried rice recipe.