Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sriracha Pork

I successfully froze, defrosted and then actually used some leftover pork chops. Good intentions carried out to fruition; I felt very triumphant today. I came home and immediately got to work making this simple dinner of spicy pork that was marinated for 15 minutes in sriracha, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, sesame oil and sesame seeds.

I had planned on using some Korean gochujang (pepper paste) that had been languishing in my fridge for some time, but when I opened it up, it looked dried out. I had to chuck it into the trash and I have to say, I find it very satisfying to clean out the fridge. I should tackle my pantry, which is in a dismal state right now, but that's another story altogether (how is it even possible I have boxes of stale Girl Scout cookies?).

The furikake (also what I refer to as crack-on-rice) was not good, but that's because I've owned it for a length of time I will not disclose (I got rid of the container, but it was not horrible enough that I felt the need to scrape it off the rice). Getting reacquainted with furikake did, however, make me want to scoop up some new ones the next time I'm at an Asian market. I always think i want to venture out past the basic seaweed one, but I had a not-so-stellar experience before with a bonito mix. I'd appreciate any suggestions if there are other furikake fans out there!

7 comments:

Mary P. from PrettyGoodThings.com said...

I am on my way to the store today and this looks delish and easy. Nick and I need to get back to going to the store regularly and you'd better believe I am going to use your blog as inspiration for what to make. I forgot to comment on your post about greek yougurt - - but you inspired me to purchase some of that. And figs!

Marie said...

Yay! This dish was pretty spicy, but you can obviously just cut back on whatever spicy sauce you'd use. Or have lots of glasses of water!

1tess said...

"Just Hungry" on my blog-roll has some recipes for making furikake. I haven't tried it, but her recipes are very reliable.

I really want to get some new dishes, especially for Japanese food, and should be busily cleaning out a couple of cupboads to make space. I know there is a tortilla press that hasn't been used in years, and a broken potato ricer, but what other scary stuff is lurking there, I don't know!

Marie said...

Tess, I read "Just Hungry," too! She has some great recipes up there, I will need to look at her furikake ones.

I love looking at dishes and also wish I could have more than my current bunch, but my cupboard space is quite limited. Ooh, a potato ricer is one of those things I'd like to have, but can't really justify since I rarely make mashed potatoes!

Allison said...

marie! i didn't know you had a food blog. that is so awesome. i love furikake, but my neighborhood asian grocery store stopped stocking it. so i had to buy some in SF when i was up there recently.

Allison said...

oops, i think i thought you were my friend marie from college. maybe you are not.

Marie said...

Allison, I don't think we know each other, but thanks for stopping by anyway! :)