Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WWDH - Chinese barbecue pork


For Wednesday with Donna Hay this week, I chose Chinese barbecue pork from Modern Classics I.  
 
It was a rather disappointing dish for me in a number of ways. First, I ran out of time and the supermarket where I went to buy the pork only had pork stir fry strips.  Being out of time, I decided to make do, but I am sure that this dish would have been better with the thicker pork strips (2" wide) called for in the recipe.

In the end, I was also not a fan of the strong aniseed flavour from the Chinese five spice powder.  This dish is probably not going to be repeated in my house.

I served my pork with stir fry vegetables and boiled brown rice:


It looks pretty good, but I wasn't a fan.

To see what Kayte, Margaret, Chaya and Sarah thought of this dish, visit their websites.

10 comments:

purecomplex.com said...

Oh m goodness. I totally want this for dinner tonight. I am loving this dish.

Pam said...

It looks good. Too bad it wasn't what you expected, I've had that happen more than once. The veggies look good also!

~~louise~~ said...

I guess there just has to be some not so good meals as well, Gaye. Well, at least you learned you're not too fond of too much aniseed:)

Thanks for sharing, Gaye...

Merryn@merrynsmenu said...

I love your honesty as we all occasionally have disappointing dishes. Five spice can overpower a dish but you made the most of it and that is what a great, creative cook will do. Well saved!

Chaya Selig said...

I am sorry, you did not like this. We loved it but my soup was a meal in a bowl, made with chicken, noodles and spinach. I was blaming the ginger for the weird taste but it was the anise. We still liked it a lot, though.

meandmr.com said...

Sounds like a great one! Thanks for the recipe!
Melanie @ meandmr.com

Sarah said...

Yes, I think aniseed is an acquired taste. (That explains liquorice, doesn't it?) I'm glad you tried it out anyway. What I liked about the recipe when I read it was that it was very simple.

TeaLady said...

Sorry you weren't a fan of this one. I loved it. I made my own 5-spice with less anise is probably why.

The Caked Crusader said...

We're on a Chinese cooking kick at the moment - such a shame you didn't enjoy this one as it looks great.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I love aniseed flavour but generally when it is quite mild and combined with other flavours (ie not ouzo :P).