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Larkin Cen’s Hot and Sour Pork Tenderloin and Leek

 

The British Leek season begins on November 1st, with leeks at their best, and in abundance, until April. MasterChef 2013 finalist, Larkin Cen, has created this fantastic Comfort Food recipe to showcase this beautiful vegetable

 

Serves 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
400g Pork tenderloin
Salt and pepper, for seasoning
Olive oil, to sauté
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1, shallot, thinly sliced
1 Pak choi, roughly chopped
1 British leek, washed and finely sliced, tough outer leaves removed
1 lemon, cut into wedges, optional

Sauce
2 tablespoons honey
3tablespoons sugar
100 ml white wine vinegar
1 thumb sized piece ginger, peeled and finely diced
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 chilli, finely diced and deseeded

Directions
Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Season the tenderloin with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Sear the tenderloin until golden and transfer to an oven tray and place into the oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes remove the tenderloin and let it rest for at least 10 minutes.

In a saucepan add the sauce ingredients with a good splash of hot water and bring to a simmer. Cook until syrupy and reserve.

In the same pan in which you pan-fried the tenderloin add the peppers, shallot and pak choi and leek and sauté until the leeks are soft. At that point pour the hot and sour sauce onto the vegetables.

Serve on a large plate and carve the tenderloin to place on top of the hot and sour vegetables.

Serve with steamed rice and a wedge of lemon (optional).

Nutritional Info (excluding rice):
Calories per serving: 220
Fat per serving: 6.3g
Of which is saturated: 1.8g



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