Paul Merrett''s Spiced Pork Cheeks with Coconut, Lime Leaf & Soured Mango Noodles

Dingley Dell's Flying Visits

Dingley Dell's Flying Visits

Standard Supplier 10th August 2012
Dingley Dell's Flying Visits

Paul Merrett''s Spiced Pork Cheeks with Coconut, Lime Leaf & Soured Mango Noodles

With a selection of delicious pork cuts available, cooking methods and flavour pairings are exceptionally varied when it comes to pork recipes. Take a look at the Paul Merrett''s Spiced Pork Cheeks with Coconut, Lime Leaf & Soured Mango Noodles recipe below, as tried and tested by professional chefs - Why not give it a try? Spiced Pork Cheeks with Coconut, Lime Leaf & Soured Mango Noodles Flying Visit Two – Host, The Victoria, London. Author: Paul Merrett @ Serves 20 


  • 40 Freedom Food Dingley Dell pork cheeks (To prep the cheeks simply remove from the skin and take off any sinew)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2inch galangal
  • 3 lemongrass
  • 4 small hot green chill
  • 3 tablespoons roasted curry powder (see below)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 20 kaffir lime leaf
  • 20 curry leaf
  • 3 tins coconut milk
  • 3 coconut tins of water
  • 3 limes
  • 3 tablespoons palm sugar
  • Fish sauce, to taste
  • Green pepper corns
  • Roasted curry powder:
  • 3 tablespoons coriander seed
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seed
  • 3 inches cinnamon
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • ½ tsp black mustard seed
  • 1 ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 3 dried chillies
  • 1 tablespoon basmati rice
  • Note: Dry roasts all of the above in a hot pan until they darken slightly in colour. Then pound into a fine powder.
  • For the Mango noodles:
  • 2 Green mango
  • 1 red chilli, diced
  • 2 inch galangal
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seed
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 25g castor sugar
  • 1 lime


Colour the pork cheeks in a pan and set aside.
In a large casserole pan, caramelise the onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli until they are well coloured - this may take up to 30 minutes. Add the dry spices and stir for 2 minutes to coat all the other ingredients. Then add the lime leaf and curry leaf and sweat for a further minute.
Place the sealed pork cheeks into the casserole pan. Add the coconut milk, green peppercorns and water and cook for 3 hours (you may need to add more water as the cooking progresses). When the cheeks are tender, remove from the sauce. Finish the sauce with fish sauce, lime, and palm sugar.
For the mango noodles, make the pickle mix 24 hours in advance. Combine the chilli and galangal with sesame oil, white wine vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Then leave this overnight in the fridge.
To prep the green mango, slice the whole of each fruit on the mandolin into long slices and then cut the slices into long noodle like pieces. About 1 hour prior to requirement mix the mango with the pickling liquor and let stand. Finally add black sesame seeds. Coil around a carving fork.
Serve altogether.

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