Pistachio-Crusted Pork With Plum Sauce and Fried Leeks

"Here's an impressive dish that looks like you spent all day preparing it. It's especially deceiving because you can make the sauce 3 days ahead. It's from the Garden Restaurant at the Gatwick Airport Hilton Hotel in London. Be sure to have your oil hot when making the crispy leeks, otherwise they can get soggy."
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  • Combine chicken stock, oyster sauce, plum sauce, mirin, orange juice, chili-garlic sauce and kaffir lime leaves in heavy small saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until sauce is reduced to 1 cup, whisking occasionally, about 25 minutes. Whisk in apple cider vinegar and sugar. Remove from heat. (Sauce can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Remove lime leaves.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F Heat sesame oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Sauté pork until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer pork to work surface; brush each piece with sauce and dip in pistachios, turning to coat. Transfer pork to rimmed baking sheet. Bake until thermometer inserted into center registers 150°F, about 10 minutes.
  • Slice the tenderloins into medallions.
  • Bring sauce to boil. Add butter one piece at a time, whisking just until melted before adding next piece. Transfer 2 pork medallions to each of 6 plates. Drizzle sauce around pork. Top with fried leeks, if desired. Serve immediately.
  • Crispy Fried Leeks:

  • Cut leeks into matchstick-size strips, white and pale green parts only.
  • Pour peanut oil into heavy small saucepan to depth of 1 inch; heat to 350°F Fry leeks in small batches until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Using slotted spoon, transfer fried leeks to paper towels to drain.
  • **Leaves of the kaffir lime tree; available frozen or sometimes fresh at Asian markets. If unavailable, substitute 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon grated lime peel.

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  1. This was an enjoyable dish. I Did have trouble with the pistachio crust. The nuts got sort of wet and sticky and all clumped together. Perhaps I did something wrong. I used chili garlic paste and only used 1/2 tablespoon (heat whimp). I also left out the butter. I would suggest that the directions be amended to read that the tenderloin be cut into medallions. Upon an initial reading it isn't clear when that is to happen. It is quite delicious and is so pretty sitting on the plate.
  2. This recipe was printed in Bon Appetit in 2000. I have been making it since then (without the leeks and butter) and it is amazing! When I make it for 2, I keep the sauce ingredients mostly the same, but do do a third of the oyster and hoisin sauces, as well as the sesame oil and pork. I do about half the pistachios. Try it, it's delicious!
  3. This is impressive and has a really different flavor! I have made it twice (without the fried leeks) with rave reviews.


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