Plantains and Pork Fried Rice

  • Yield : Serves 2 to 3 as a main course
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  • 1 large ripe (partly black) plantain
  • 1/2 pound pork loin
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 4 medium scallions
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • About 3 cups cold, cooked long-grain white rice
  • About 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • About 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • About 1/2 teaspoon Asian (dark) sesame oil


Step 1

Trim plantain tips. Cut plantain into 2- to 3-inch lengths. Slit skin on each piece lengthwise, then remove, pulling slightly crosswise rather than down the length of the piece. Cut into 1/2-inch slices, then cut into 1/2-inch dice, more or less. Cut pork into pieces the same size. Halve onion through "poles," then cut lengthwise into slices. Mince garlic. Slice scallions thin.

Step 2

Heat large nonstick skillet or wok over high flame. Add 1 tablespoon oil and pork; stir-fry until browned, about 2 minutes. Add plantain; brown on one side without stirring, about 1 minute. Then toss and cook until browned on all sides, another minute or two. Transfer to a platter; reserve.

Step 3

Return pan to heat, add 1/2 tablespoon oil, the ginger, and garlic; stir-fry a few seconds. Add onion and cook a minute. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle in rice and toss 1 minute.

Step 4

Add pork and plantain, tossing. Add scallions and 2 tablespoons cilantro. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons soy sauce and sesame oil, tossing. Taste for seasoning, adding soy, cilantro, and sesame oil, as desired. Scoop onto a platter and serve hot.

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