Stir-fried paprika-chili pork with pineapple and bananas

Stir-fried paprika-chili pork with pineapple and bananas

The meat and fresh fruits combination in main dishes is something one finds in practically every cuisine. I love the idea especially when the sweetness of the fruits contrast so vividly with spicy meat. For some reason, spiciness is mellowed by sweetness and an otherwise very tempestuous and fiery dish becomes relaxed and more amiable even for those of us who don’t have a very high tolerance for the heat of chilies. I’ve done several meat-and-fruit dishes in the past but this dish is different because the fruits were pan-grilled to allow their natural sugars to caramelize before they were tossed with the meat. It’s amazing how such a simple and very basic step can enhance a dish.

Recipe: Stir-fried paprika-chili pork with pineapple and bananas

Ingredients

  • 150 g. of pork (loin, shoulder or butt, or any other tender cut) or whatever other meat you prefer
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of grated garlic
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 2 to 3 ripe saba bananas
  • 1 c. of fresh pineapple wedges
  • 2 tbsps. of vegetable cooking oil plus more for brushing the pan
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • cilantro and one finely sliced chili, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the pork. Place in a bowl and mix with the paprika, chili powder, garlic and salt. Set aside.
  2. Brush a heated non-stick pan very lightly with oil.
  3. Arrange the saba banana slices, cut side down, and cook over medium-high heat until nicely browned. Flip to brown the opposite side. Scoop out the bananas and transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the pineapple wedges to the hot pan (no need to add more oil) and brown them as well. Remove the pineapple wedges to a plate.
  5. Heat a wok. Pour in the two tablespoonfuls of vegetable oil and allow to reach smoking point.
  6. Stir fry the pork in hot oil for two to three minutes or until done.
  7. Add the sliced onion to the pork. Stir fry for another 30 seconds.
  8. Throw in the bananas and pineapple wedges. Sprinkle with salt. Toss. Drizzle in a few tablespoonfuls of water (so that nothing burns while waiting for the fruits to get heated through). Cook, stirring and tossing gently, until the mixture is steamy and everything is hot.
  9. Stir-fried paprika-chili pork with pineapple and bananas
  10. Tip the contents of the wok onto a platter. Sprinkle with cilantro and the sliced chili.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2 to 3

  • http://saltforvanilla.wordpress.com Cath

    Would it be a bad idea to use the pineapple juice instead of water, for drizzling I mean?

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Try. I’m thinking it might make the dish too sweet.

  • http://saltforvanilla.wordpress.com Cath

    I did, you were right. Too sweet :) I won’t do it again.

  • http://www.rainydaysandmomdays.com Ree

    Ooh. Looks good. And easy. Will try it with canned pineapple, well drained. Hope it comes out as yummy :)

  • http://www.rainydaysandmomdays.com Ree

    Oh and I like your new look (or has it been like this for long? Haven’t been able to check your site out in some time).

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Thanks. The new look is only two days old. :)