It’s never too early to get your child involved in cooking, and this pork recipe is an ideal one to try with them. In fact, if they’re at a loss for what to do in the school holidays, why not introduce them to the world of Asian cuisine with this dish?
Not only are pork chops a quickly prepared and delicious meal for all the family, but they’re easy to cook and — with some help from you — will be simple for your budding chef to prepare.
They’ll love mixing the marinade ingredients together, dipping the pork chops in each of the bowls before cooking and watching them transform into a crispy, tasty dish full of flavour.
Make it a learning opportunity
While you’re having fun in the kitchen with your child, you can also take the opportunity to educate them about where meat comes from and how to shop responsibly.
Buy free-range pork that’s produced locally, and you are making ethical choices that impact positively on your local community.
You can explain to your child that here at Church Street Butcher, our free-range pork is “Australian Certified Outdoor Bred.” This means the animals it derives from are raised in comfy, straw-lined shelters with no added hormones or antibiotics.
Instilling in your child responsible shopping and eating choices means you are setting them up for life with the best habits — and there are fewer greater gifts you can offer them as a parent!
More about the other ingredients
This is the perfect dish to introduce your child to the varied flavours of Asian cuisine. While it has a kick thanks to the pepper, curry powder and ginger powder, it’s not too spicy.
Children will also enjoy the more subtle taste of the other herbs and spices like cardamom and cinnamon.
And the crispy crumb created by layering the rice flour, egg and crushed corn thins will definitely appeal to old and young alike!
It’s handy to know, too, that the entire recipe is gluten-free, so it is suitable for anyone with a gluten sensitivity or allergy.
Pork’s a versatile meat, so you will have a wide choice of side dishes to serve these tasty chops with.
Kids will love them with noodles — either rice or egg noodles are good — and you can serve them plain or with a touch of soy sauce. Noodles are also a great opportunity to sneak in a few extra veggies!
Asian slaw also works perfectly with this dish, as does any combination of steamed vegetables cooked slightly on the crunchy side.
Recipe by Adrian Richardson.
- Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade in a shallow bowl. Coat the pork in the marinade
- Crush the corn thins until they form a fine crumb. Stir sesame seeds through the crushed corn thins
- Prepare your crumbing station, with rice flour in one bowl, eggs in the second and the corn cakes in the third
- Place the pork chops in the flour, dust off any excess, dip in the egg and then coat in the crushed corn thins. Dip the chop back into the egg and again in the corn cake mixture
- Heat a pan over a medium-high heat. Add ½ a cup olive oil to the hot pan (you can use another neutral oil if you prefer). Shallow fry the pork chops on each side until crispy and cooked through
Get fresh pork chops from your free-range butcher in Melbourne
Teaching your child about quality food starts with selecting only the best, freshest and most ethically produced ingredients.
You can find quality free-range meat, including pork, here at Church Street Butcher — your local free-range butcher here in the heart of Melbourne.
We source only free-range pork from animals reared to the highest welfare standards, which translates into fresher, healthier meat for you and all your family.
Come and see us at our shop in Church Street, or take advantage of free delivery on orders over $80 to Brighton and surrounding Bayside suburbs.
Let us be your first stop for fresh and sustainable meat for all your favourite recipes — new and old!