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This Indonesian pork dish has as many variations in the Netherlands as hamburgers and pizza's do in America. This is my own variation, with the biggest difference that I add chili oil or paste to it. Babi Pangang is supposed to be a sweet spiced dish, not hot. The ginger, garlic and lemon juice are also often left out. Serve with rice and an Indonesian vegetable dish or as part of a Rijsttafel. Do use shoulder chops, you will need that bit of fat which they have. I do realise this sounds strange, but I also like this finely chopped in a salad stuffed pita with tzatziki. Prep time does not include marinating time.
- 4 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (ketjap Manis)
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 onion, chopped as finely as possible
- chili oil (optional) or sambal oelek (optional)
- 1 tablespoon lemons or 1 tablespoon lime juice
- some salt and pepper
- 2 lbs thick boneless pork shoulder chops
- Mix all the ingredients, except the meat, together.
- Cover the meat with this.
- Put in a plastic bag, close tightly and put in the fridge.
- Marinate for a minimum of 4 hours or, (preferred) leave overnight.
- Remove from the fridge half an hour before cooking.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Put the chops on a rack, there will be marinade in the bag, if you want you can use that for basting, put that over a baking tray which has some water in it or is lined with foil.
- Depending on the thickness of the chops roast them 25/30 on each side turning them over once.
- When they get too dark cover with aluminium foil.
- Serve the chops cut up in large pieces.