Pork with tofu & coconut

Looking for a satisfying meal without dairy or wheat? Here it is! Bonus: this can be made (mostly) in one pan. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, they’re mostly herbs and spices. This meal is easily converted to a vegetarian dish by leaving out the pork and doubling the tofu.

Vermicelli style noodles hold up best here.  They are thicker and work well to carry the heavier coconut milk-based sauce. You can find rice noodles like this in the section of your grocery store that contains the organic and gluten-free packaged products.

pork tofu coconut

Serves 4 and makes for great leftovers

2 oz unsalted cashews

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tsp hot chilli powder (optional)

1 inch pc fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped/1 tbsp ground ginger

1 tbsp oyster sauce

4 tbsp peanut oil

14 oz coconut milk

6 oz rice noodles-vermicelli style

1 lb pork tenderloin, thinly sliced

1 bunch green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced

3 tomatoes, roughly chopped

3 oz/half a block tofu drained and diced

2 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro

2 tbsp freshly chopped mint

salt & pepper

MAKE AHEAD: put the cashews, coriander, cumin, chilli powder, ginger and oyster sauce in a food processor or blender until well ground. Heat a wok or large frying pan, add 2 tbsp of peanut oil and stir-fry the nut mixture for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. Pour into a small jug and set aside.

Place your rice noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes or half the amount of time the package direction for cooking. Stir to make sure none are stuck together. Drain thoroughly and set aside.

Reheat the wok, add 2 tbsp of oil. Add the pork and stir fry for 5 minutes or until browned all over. Add the green onions and stir-fry for 2 more minutes.

Add tomatoes, tofu, noodles, coconut mixture and stir fry for another 2 minutes or until heated through. Be careful not to break up the tofu. Add salt & pepper, top with fresh herbs. Serve.


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