Cha Lua (Thai Pork in Banana Leaves)

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READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Random Rachel

Flavorful pork patties baked in banana leaves. I adapted the original Thai recipe into individual patties which cook faster and are easier to handle than the original large tube/loaf. I can't eat fish or soy sauce, so I just leave it out (which does take away a little flavor,) or sometimes substitute a splash of beef broth or wine instead. For ZWT9

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350* F.
  2. Finely chop the green onion and garlic. Mix all the ingredients (except leaves) together, and divide into 6 equal pieces.
  3. Cut the banana leaves into 6 squares, about 9"x9". Shape a portion of the meat into a patty, and place in the center of a leaf piece. Fold the sides over the patty, then fold the ends up. Repeat with remaining meat.
  4. Place patties on a rack or pan in the oven, and bake for 20-30 minutes until meat reaches 160* F. My 6 patties took 25 minutes to reach 160* F.

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