Hello everyone and welcome to my new food blog! My name's Christine and I work as a research and development chef while also catering meals to the staff at our company. I'm going to be sharing the recipes and menu plans that I prepare at work so you can cook these delicious meals at your home! Beneath each recipe, you'll find some tips to help you recreate the dish in your own kitchen. Today I will be showing you how to make delicious Chinese ginger lemon pork skewers.
Chinese Ginger Lemon Pork Skewers
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoon scallions chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger minced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ½ cup Chinese rice wine
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon five-spice powder
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb pork loin cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoon water
- Heat oil in a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add scallions, ginger, and garlic and saute 30 seconds or until aromatic. Add Chinese rice wine, chicken broth, brown sugar, lemon zest and juice, soy sauce, five-spice powder, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Meanwhile, cut pork loin into ½ inch thick slices. Pour half of the cooled sauce over the pork and marinate for 1 hour or overnight. Reserve the remaining marinade for the sauce.
- Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. Preheat grill to medium heat.
- Remove pork from the marinade and skewer the meat. Cook on the grill until grilled marks appear and the pork is no longer pink. Remove from the grill.
- Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Heat the reserved marinade and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the cornstarch-water mixture and cook for 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Brush sauce on the skewers and serve.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Skewers are always a fun way to serve meals, I mean anything served on a stick is bound to be good, right? To make these Chinese ginger lemon pork skewers, start by preparing the marinade. Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade and simmer just long enough for the sugar to dissolve. Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool completely before adding the pork. If the marinade is still hot, it will cook the meat.
While you're waiting for the marinade to cool, prepare the pork. I used pork loin but you can also use pork belly, pork tenderloin, or even pork meatballs! Cut the meat into thin slices to allow it to cook quickly.
Next comes the fun part, skewering the meat onto the sticks. Make sure to soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes so they don't burn when you cook the pork.
Use the remaining marinade to turn it back into a sauce and give the pork even more flavor. Reheat the sauce to kill any bacteria from the raw meat and finish with the cornstarch slurry to thicken it up. Once it is at the right consistency, pour it over the pork skewers, and voila! There you have it!
These Chinese ginger lemon pork skewers have just the right amount of tang and are savory. Also serving meat on skewers makes them more fun to eat making them perfect for large gatherings. A success all around!
For more pork inspiration check out this Indonesian pork tenderloin!