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Cheese Baked Rice with Pork (焗豬扒飯)

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Hong Kong-style cafes (茶餐厅) became a big hit in Malaysia a few years ago and you can easily find lots of such cafes now in KL/ PJ. Kim Gary Restaurant (金加利茶餐廳) was the first HK-style cafe that I've been to in Malaysia and since then, I've been a frequent visitor. The Sweetened Condensed Milk & Peanut Butter Thick Toast is to die for and for drinks, HK-style milk tea (Yuanyang,鸳鸯) is a must-have. I tried my first ever cheese baked rice there and it was something new and interesting to me. I love the combination of cheese, tomato sauce and rice but Jeff doesn't like the idea of having rice with cheese. His comment: "Pork chop and sauce, very tasty. Sauce and rice, yummy. Pork chop, sauce and rice, very nice. Cheese and rice...weird, please don't do that!" If it wasn't for him, I would have drown my rice in cheese.


A typical HK-style cheese baked rice with pork chop consists of lightly fried rice, fried pork chops, tomato-based sauce and cheese. I didn't fry the rice as I was a bit lazy and tired from lab work. I used pork shoulder steaks instead of pork chop as I prefer this cut. I used a bit of Sweet Thai Chili sauce for the sauce to give it a bit of kick.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 rice cups Rice - cooked (1 rice cup=180ml)
  • 4 pieces Pork shoulder steaks - cut into half
  • 1 large Onion - cut into wedges
  • 3 Bell Peppers (different colours) - cut into strips
  • 3 small Tomatoes - diced
  • Cheese

Marinade:

  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 tsp Light Soya Sauce
  • 1 tbs Corn Starch

Sauce:

  • 2 tbs Shaoxing Wine
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 tbs Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbs Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp Light Soya Sauce
  • 1 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Corn Starch Slurry

Directions:
For pork:

  • Mix slices of pork in marinade and leave for at least 30 mins.
  • Pan fry pork slices until brown on both sides. Leave aside for later use.
For sauce:

  • Stir fry onions until soft.
  • Add peppers, stir fry until soft.
  • Add tomatoes, water and shaoxing wine.
  • Mix in tomato sauce, sweet thai chili sauce, worcestershire sauce, light soya sauce, white pepper and brown sugar.
  • Bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 10 mins.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Thicken with corn starch slurry.
To assemble:
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  • Spread cooked rice in an oven-proof dish.
  • Arrange fried Pork slices on rice.
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  • Pour sauce on pork slices.
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  • Sprinkle on some cheese.
  • Bake at 200°C for 15-20 mins or until cheese is melted.
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  • Tada! Enjoy!


32 oink oinks...:

cariso said...

From the food pic, you definitely can beat Kim Gary odi! :) Taste wise...argh! UK, too far for me. :(

Clumbsy Cookie said...

This is pretty much my kind of confort meal! Love everything in it!

Girl Japan said...

Your snaps are looking pretty darn fabulous... BTW udon... I love it with Curry too, I treat udon like Pasta...there is this shop here in Tokyo a chain called Coco's and they sell Udon with Curry... I like HK style food but I don't think I've ever had the pleasure... What part of GB are you in? I miss London so much = (

lalaine said...

Oh lordy! There goes my weight loss resolution. I am cooking this tonight!

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of this. I also like that it is a complete meal in one dish. I have had cheese with rice in a lot of texmex style meals, burritos come to mind first.

Selba said...

Wow.. this is new for me, cheese eaten together with rice! Interesting... :)

pigpigscorner said...

cariso:Thanks! My skills not quite there yet haha. I still miss Kim Gary's cheese baked rice. Very tomatoey...

ClumsyCookie: My comfort food too..rice and fats =D

Girl Japan: Thanks! I'm liking my new dslr! Still not very satisfied with the lighting. I love the texture of udon, I can just eat it with everything. I just moved out from London to Stevenage this Summer =(

lalaine: My weight loss plan never happened =( I just love cooking and eating.

Kevin: Yeap, it's easy and tasty! And less washing up to do =D

Erica said...

LOVE the step by step pictures- the finished outcome looks amazing!

I agree- spinach does make meatballs sound MUCh healthier ;)

Snooky doodle said...

yummy this looks delicious and your photos are amazing :)

email2me said...

What cheese do you use? Own cut cheddar cheese or those pizza type which they cut nicely and you just pour it on?

The pork looks so juicy !

Nice photos and a good recipe blog :)

Angie  said...

Looks heavenly with that golden cheesy topping!

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie said...

Looks really good - this would be a great meal for my whole family.

Pam said...

I love this dish. It looks so comforting and delicious. Excellent photos.

noble pig said...

That is a beautiful dish. I love the layering and especially the presentation in the green dish!

Cathy said...

This looks wonderful! The cheese is an unexpected (but lovely!) surprise. This one is going on the list!

we are never full said...

gorge! what type of cheese do you normally use?

Food For Tots said...

This is a dish that I have always wanted to try before buying my oven. Just got an oven recently and found this wonderful recipe. Thank you so so much!!!

pigpigscorner said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments! I am glad you like the pictures. I am trying out different lighting conditions now to see which one I prefer.

email2me & we are never full I usually get grated mature cheddar. I use it for baked pasta, toasties...almost everything with baked cheese.

Wild Boar said...

I still find cheese and rice a weird combination!

Jess said...

Wow. That looks amazing! drool...

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks Jess!

Big Boys Oven said...

walio so professionally done! can we hired U!

pigpigscorner said...

My skills not quite there yet la unlike you cake decor skills!

aunkangleong said...

Great recipe there! Love baked rice :D

Your fooblog is awesome and the eye-popping food photography has me salivating!

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks aunkangleong! Love the pictures and reviews in your blog!

Janet Ching_Gourmet Traveller said...

I miss this rice dish from Hong Kong. I should make it at home one day!

pigpigscorner said...

I would really like to try this dish in HK!

Su-Lin said...

This looks fantastic - I've only ever had the baked rice at HK Diner in Soho and am keen to cook my own!

pigpigscorner said...

I've never tried looking for this dish in chinatown actually. I've only had this in KL.

mycookinghut said...

Looks really good!

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks mycookinghut!

kikuzakura said...

thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!
I tried it out today, turned out suuuuper delicious~~

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