After trying gammon (recipe here), I spotted some pork neck in the pork section at my beloved Checkers supermarket and decided to give it a go. According to my brief research online (thank you google!), pork neck is less fatty than gammon. Now it doesn’t sound like a part of the pig that anyone should be eating but it looks so good, resistance was futile.
I had some over ripe plums at the time so I decided to fry the pork neck and pair it with a chilli plum sauce. Turns out that was one of my more awesome culinary related ideas. Unlike gammon, pork neck doesn’t have a ring of fat around the edges. It is as thick as gammon, almost 2 inches thick, so I cut it horizontally to make 2 pieces. It is packaged in a similar way too with each pack containing 3 thick neck steaks and the pricing depending on the weight.
- 2 pork neck steaks
- Spices for seasoning
- Oil/butter for frying
- 3-4 Ripe plums (can be substituted with plum jam)
- Chilli flakes (use your discretion for the quantity)
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- Half an onion, chopped
- Water or cooking wine
- Season the pork to your preference.
- Chop the plums and add chilli flakes, garlic and ginger.
- In a small pot, fry onions till they are soft and cooked through on medium heat.
- Add the plums and a little water or cooking wine to help the plums cook and soften.
- After the plums have formed a sauce, remove from heat and set aside. Alternatively to skip steps 2-4, simply blend plum sauce ingredients in a food processor and then let the sauce simmer on medium heat long enough for the mixture to reduce into a thick sauce. Taste regularly and add sugar if necessary.
- In a separate pan, fry neck steaks till cooked through.
- Add sauce to the pan, leave on medium heat for 3-5 more minutes then remove and serve.
There are numerous plum sauce recipes online, some with more ingredients and others with less. I just followed one that had the ingredients I had at the time. If you want to make a traditional chinese style plum sauce, follow this link.
I had my pork neck with roasted potatoes and squash. Simple, quick and yummy!