Thai Pork Chops with chile garlic dipping sauce

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It’s good to be back home.  I was gone for a few days helping pack my mother’s belongings and move her here closer to us.  While it’s always tough going through that time, I must say she was a trooper, taking it all in stride and looking at it as a new adventure in her life.  We cooked of course and had a wonderful barbecued pork tenderloin with a cherry and wine reduction sauce that my sister made.  It was out of this world good.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of it but did get some of the deer that roam up to the back yard.  I’ll post them soon.

I was back in the cooking mode again and got the urge for a nice grilled pork chop.  One with a nice kick to it sounded just right.  Mexican?  Nope.  Thai?  Yes.  While not an authentic Thai dish, what I came up with was at least inspired by their food.  Bold and pungent mixed with sweet, sour and heat.  Enjoy!

I started by making the marinade for the pork.  To my food processor I added 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, 6 cloves of garlic and 1/3 cup packed cilantro(stems and leaves).  I whirled it until it was minced.  I added 1/4 low sodium soy sauce, 2 teaspoons fish sauce, the juice from 1/2 lime, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons sesame oil and pinch of kosher salt.  I whirled it again until it looked like this.

I got out 4 pork chops from the refridgerator and placed them in a glass pan.  These were just over an inch thick and about 10 ounces each.  They were basically a pork t-bone with the large loin on one side of the bone and the small piece of tenderloin on the opposite side.

I poured the marinade over the chops and turned to coat.  I covered the pan with plastic wrap and let them marinate in the refridgerator for 4 hours.

I got out 5 little dried japones chiles to start the dipping sauce.  These are similar to de arbol chiles but have a thicker meatier wall to them and are perfect for spicy Asian dishes.  These are a medium hot chile and a 5-6 on the heat scale with their Scoville heat units ranging from 15,000 – 35,000.

I placed the dried chiles in a bowl of very hot water for 20 minutes to rehydrate.

I roughly chopped the chiles and added them to my blender.  I also added 3 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar, pinch of kosher salt and 1/4 cup boiling water.  I blended until combined and set aside.  I heated the grill to medium high heat and grilled the porkchops for 7 minutes/side then removed and tented with foil to let them rest.  I tossed some noodles in a pan along with some bok choy, broccoli and yellow bell for a quick stirfry to go along with the pork.

And here’s the final dish.  Evidently my eyes were still glazed over from my road trip as I seemed to cut off the top of my picture.  Oh well, it still mouthwatering.  Enjoy!

Thai Pork Chops with chile garlic dipping sauce
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These pork chops get their bold flavor from a combination of the pungent marinade and spicy dipping sauce with it's sweet and sour flavor. The result is harmony on a plate.
Recipe type: Main, Entree
Serves: 4
  • 4 thick bone-in pork loin chops about 10-12 ounces each
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ⅓ cup packed cilantro(stems and leaves)
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • juice from ½ a lime
  • pinch of kosher salt
Dipping Sauce
  • 5 small dried chiles - Japones or De Arbol
  • 3 small garlic cloves
  • ⅓ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • pinch of kosher salt
  1. Add the first 3 ingredients for the marinade in a food processor or blender and pulse until minced. Add the rest of the marinade ingredients and blend until smooth. Place the porkchops in a glass pan and pour the marinade over them. Turn to coat and cover the dish with plastic wrap. Place them in the refridgerator for 4 hours to marinate.
  2. Grill over medium high heat for 7 minutes/side, remove and tent with foil to rest.
  3. To make the dipping sauce, place the chiles in a bowl of very hot water for 20 minutes to rehydrate. Roughly chop them and add to a blender. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and process until well combined. Pour into serving dishes.




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Thai Pork Chops with chile garlic dipping sauce — 4 Comments

  1. This is awesome! Just had it for dinner and I am in food heaven right now… Great great tasting recipe! The marinade was awesome and the chile sauce unbelievably good!!! Thank you for a crowd pleaser of a recipe!!

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