Chu chee (choo chee) pork

Chu chee (choo chee) pork

Murray Valley Pork scotch fillet

My introduction to chu chee came many years ago, in a small Thai restaurant that was up the road from where we used to live in Pyrmont. It was just your typical Oz-Thai joint with all the usual suspects on the menu, but there were a few things in there that were a little different from the norm.

And then there was their chu chee salmon.

Chu chee pork recipe

We both loved it so much that it ended up being the only thing we ordered on every visit.

Ok, maybe we started things off with a plate of fish cakes and money bags.

Chu chee pork recipe

Chu chee more commonly involves seafood – in particular, fish or prawns – but sometimes you can come across duck. I’m yet to try the duck variety, but something tells me I’d fall for it head over heels.

No duck for you today, however, as all I have is a succulent lump of pork scotch fillet, also known as neck or collar butt.

Chu chee pork recipe

This part of the animal is ideal for methods of cooking that need a little more time – like stews, roasts and casseroles. Thanks to all the fat that’s marbled through it the end result is juicy, succulent meat that’s easy to carve or simply tear apart with minimal effort.

Chu chee pork recipe

Cooking scotch fillet in a bath of chu chee sauce is divine, I’ve got to say. Yes you can buy chu chee paste in selected grocers, but it’s easy enough to make it by building up from red curry paste. Yes you can make your own red curry paste, but when laziness prevails, a quality import from Thailand does me just fine.

All we really have is the curry paste, coconut milk, kaffir lime, basil and the Thai usuals like fish sauce and sugar. I’ve also added chunks of red chilli and frozen peas to mine.

Making it is even simple. Sear the meat, take it out and make the sauce in the same pan, put the meat back in, lid on, then roast!

*Pork supplied by Murray Valley pork

Chu chee pork recipe

 

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Chu chee (choo chee) pork
We've all tried it with prawns or fish, but how about meltingly tender chu chee pork that's rich in coconut milk and red curry spices?
Chu chee pork recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Servings
people
Ingredients
Chu chee pork recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Put an ovenproof skillet with high sides over a medium high flame. Add the oil and sear the scotch fillet on all sides until golden brown – about 10 minutes in total. Remove from the skillet and set it aside.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium.
  4. Add the red curry paste to the same skillet – taking care as it will probably spit all over the place. Stir it around with a wooden spoon for about 40 seconds, then add half of the coconut milk, red chillies, basil and kaffir lime leaves. Stir for 1 minute.
  5. Add the remaining coconut milk, water, fish sauce, palm sugar and white pepper. Bring it to a simmer, give it a stir then turn off the heat.
  6. Lay the seared pork into the sauce, spoon some of it over, cover it with a lid, then bake in the oven for 2½ hours. Be sure to baste the pork every half hour or so; cooking it until meltingly tender.
  7. About 10 minutes before it’s done, add the peas to the skillet and toss them through the sauce.
  8. While the pork is cooking, finely slice the reserved red chilli and slice the reserved kaffir lime leaves very finely, as well.
  9. To serve, cut or roughly tear the pork into chunks and drizzle with the sauce. Serve with cooked rice.
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