Hawaiian-Style Braised Pork
photo by Ashtaria
- Ready In:
- 1hr 50mins
- 4 lbs pork shoulder, cut into about 1-inch cubes
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (can use more)
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil (more as needed)
- 1 -2 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
- 10 green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
- 1⁄3 cup soy sauce (can use more)
- 1 -2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch (for a thinner texture use only 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch)
- Season the pork with salt, pepper and garlic powder (season the pork cubes with a small amount of salt or omit the salt and just season with pepper and garlic powder).
- Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat.
- Add in about 1/3 of the pork and saute until brown (about 6-7 minutes) transfer to a bowl and continue with the remaining pork.
- Add in the fresh garlic, green onions and ginger; saute for 1 minute.
- Return the pork to the pot along with any juices from the bowl or plate.
- Add in 1-1/2 cups broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, crushed red pepper flakes and five-spice powder; bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until the pork is very tender (about 90 minutes or more or less).
- Stir/whisk in remaining broth and cornstarch together in a small cup; mix into simmering sauce.
- Simmer until the gravy thickens, stirring occasionally (about 3-4 minutes).
- Season with salt and pepper.
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This was wonderful! I made it with only 2lbs of pork chops (cubed) and I wish I would have used 4lbs so that we had leftovers. I didn't have any 5 spice seasoning but I added a dash of cinnamon...still delicious! It was so flavorful. All the busy work is upfront (20 min), then just sit back and enjoy the smells :) I will certainly be making this again for my hubby and kids.
What a wonderful recipe! We're having a Hawaiian themed party, and I was hoping to find at least one recipe that did not include pineapple! I made a test batch and let it sit overnight as suggested, and it was a HUGE hit with the family. The five spice powder really adds a special dimension to the dish. I have no doubt it will be one of the highlights of the party. Thanks for another winner, KITTENCAL!