Monday, 10 October 2011

Crispy Pork with Chinese Pancakes

In Cavan we have an excellent pork factory outlet, McCarren's Direct. I went into the shop on Friday looking for Pork Shoulder to slow roast. I got talking to the butcher and he recommended the pork neck as an alternative. I bought a 1.7kg piece for €7, which I then cut into three and froze the two remaining pieces. Jamie Oliver swears by pork neck and cuts them into steaks for a delicious quick meal. The traditional meat for this meal is Duck but it's pricey and difficulty to get, this alternative is worth a try. If you're having difficulty getting this particular cut then you'll be pleased to know that McCarren's are online at and deliver the next day, handy eh!

Serves 4

600g Pork Neck (rub with Chinese 5 spice for extra flavour)
16 Chinese Pancakes
1 Jar Hoisin Sauce
6 Spring Onions
1 Cucumber

Preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF/ Gas Mark 3. Place the pork on a roasting dish, season with salt and roast for 4-4 1/2 hours. While the meat is slow roasting, cut the cucumber into 5cm sticks repeat with the spring onions.When cooked, cool slightly and then with two forks pull apart. When the meat is ready, warm the pancakes in the microwave for 20-25 seconds, serve with the shredded pork, cucumber, spring onions and hoisin sauce.

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