30 Mins Home Cooked Dinner Challenge

The abundance of good street food in Thailand has helped many Mothers buy in quick dinners at affordable costs.  Noodles, Rice, Congee and other local delights are available in every suburb and neighborhood. 10 Hour working days are more than enough to make any work and homebody cringe.  I accepted a challenge to create a quick dinner within 3o mins as a replacement for the usual street eats that we buy in.

I thawed my frozen pork chops in the fridge before i left for work, these i marinated in a bit of mirrin, salt and pepper the week before.  Please cook with thawed chops cooking from frozen makes it hard to ensure even cooking inside the pork chops.  Place them a 2-3 mins on each side to get a nice sear, add in 1/3 cup of water and close lid.

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High Heat for Nice Sear

I placed a pork chop on a toasted thick toast (Crispy on outside and pillowy soft inside) and place a in a warm oven to wait for other ingredients.  Good for allowing the juices to return to the pork chop.

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Thick English Toast

Tam leung or aka ivy gourd is a hand picked vegetable sold in local markets in Thailand and other neighboring SE Asia.  The taste and texture is similar to a mild spinach,a good training for kids who are vary of spinach.  For those who do not have XO sauce – a died scallop (conpoy), dried shrimp garlic and chilli sauce popular with Hongkong Cuisine just use the tomato puree, salt,pepper and garlic..  I had some in my fridge which i briefly stir fried with some tomato puree. Top on pork chop and return to warm oven.

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Tam Lueng Water Veggie aka Ivy Gourd

Top with a free range organic fried egg with runny insides and cheese if preferred.  I sprinkled  a mix of mozzarella and gouda when the it was resting in the oven which melted when i finished my fried egg.

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Comfort Food at it’s best!

There you have it a quick home cooked dinner which was quite enjoyed by everyone in the family.

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