While it’s nice to finally get some hot weather, the idea of sweating away in a hot kitchen sometimes puts me off cooking. Pork chops, thankfully, are easy to prepare and quick to cook in one pan. The original recipe by Leela also includes bits of fried garlic and lemongrass which surely make the pork even more delicious, but I wanted something very simple.
This plain version is still quite flavourful – there is a nice kick from the white pepper, and the soda makes it very tender. Next time, though, I might drizzle over the honey towards the end of the cooking so it can caramelise slowly and remain sticky and fragrant.
I like serving these pork chops with steamed Thai jasmine rice and a small pile of crunchy grated carrots and peanuts, but you could have it with a crisp salad or some potatoes, whatever you like!
I'm a self-conscious dilettante with a degree in History of Art from SOAS and UCL. I've lived in Greater London all my life, interrupted only occasionally by brief trips to Thailand. The result is that I speak Thai with a Croydon accent (and sometimes Croydon with a posh accent, but that's another story).
Far from being a charming bilingual intellectual of the world who ably holds forth on every topic imaginable at dinner parties, most of what I actually say in either language is "Hello", "That's a nice painting", and "I'm hungry". My idea of a balanced diet is a bowl of Mama instant noodles in one hand and a chip buttie in the other, but I also don't mind a nice bit of duck confit or gaeng paa gai. I don't go to dinner parties, anyway.
I like looking at interesting things. Thai contemporary art, Early Modern English portraiture, and lowbrow art have so far held my attention.
I consume vast amounts of art and food, so I thought I would give something back by writing.