A 'No Knife Required Roast'...
If you are not a big pork fan, this recipe should change your mind. I'm using a rolled joint of pork that Nugent Butchers in Cork prepared for me. They scored the fat and tied this pork up for me. I simply just created the marinade and banged it in the oven and forgot about it for 6 hours, which let me to get on with the rest of my day.
Serves 4-6 (depends on their greediness)
- 2 kg pork shoulder, rolled and scored
- 4 tbsp of fish sauce
- 2 lemon grass, bruised
- 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
- 2 red chilis, deseeded and finely sliced
- thumb size ginger piece, peeled
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 tbsp of black peppercorns
- 1 star anise
- 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
- 500g thin egg noodles
- Spring onions
- 3 large mushrooms, sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced finely
- 4 chopped spring onions
- Soy sauce
- Freshly chopped mint, coriander, and basil
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees
- Prepare the marinade: in a mini blender blitz the garlic, ginger, chili, peppercorns, sugar, and star anise
- Rub the marinade over the meat and get some inside the scored fat.
- Rub sea salt into the meat.
- Put the meat in a roasting tray and add the lemongrass in also.
- Pour over the fish sauce and roast in the oven for 20 minutes
- After 20 minutes, take the meat out of the oven and cool the oven down to 140 degrees.
- Put double foil over the roasting tray and put the meat back in the oven for 5 hours.
- After the 5 hours, turn the heat up to 200 again and take the foil off. This allows the crackling to cook perfectly.
- Take out of the oven after being cooked for 20 minutes at 200 degrees. Allow to rest for 20 minutes at least.
- Just before serving, cook the egg noodles and stir fry the mushrooms, carrots and other remaining chili.
- Drain the cooked egg noodles, add to the stir fry and pour in some soy sauce and chopped herbs.
- Divide the noodle stir fry in serving bowls.
- To carve the meat, cut off the crackling with a knife and simply use a fork to separate the pork. It's meltingly tender and a trip back for seconds cannot be avoided.
- Top the noodles with the pulled pork, and top with some chopped herbs and spring onions, and some crackling.