ffwD: Coconut lemon-less braised pork

Surprise, surprise! For the first time ever, I actually made a French Fridays with Dorie assignment on Friday instead of beforehand! I have to say, it was pretty exciting just scrambling to get the ingredients only to find that I had forgotten many items. The only other downside to waiting till the last second is not having enough time to search other stores for ingredients. My regular grocery store didn’t have any lemongrass, and I didn’t want to put off dinner any longer. So, no lemongrass this time around!

Regardless, this pork dish was really delicious! All the spices worked well, but I just had to add some MSG. The sauce was a little soupy and just sat at the bottom of bowl instead of coating the pork. But the soup’s flavor worked well once I added the egg noodles. I’m willing to try this again with lemongrass next time! And with all the root vegetables I forgot!

To see how others fared with Dorie’s coconut lemongrass braised pork, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 17:26:08

    It looks really delicious with those big chunks of sweet pork!

  2. Ker-Yng
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 17:58:25

    I must say, our pork looks totally different in colour! Glad you enjoyed it, we liked it too.

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 17:58:53

    Ha, I do things ahead too. But scrambling is good!

  4. Ronda
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 18:04:42

    It looks good. I am going to have to try this one!

  5. Three-Cookies
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 18:38:20

    Sounds and looks delicious. I laughed when you said you had to add MSG.

  6. Mary
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 18:55:30

    looks really good – I really like the fact you forge ahead without all the ingredients – sometimes it turns out even better!

  7. JamieAnne
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 19:02:42

    Looks really good!

  8. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:07:35

    Sounds yummy with or without lemongrass!

  9. Elaine
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 20:38:26

    It looks delicious even without the vegetables and sauce!

  10. franklyentertaining
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 21:14:38

    It is amazing how everyone making the same recipe can come up with such different end products! It was a little soupier than I expected, too. The lemon grass definitely something nice to the meal.

  11. Betsy
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 21:27:10

    I like the way this looks with the egg noodles. I had to laugh that this was the first time you weren’t ahead of schedule. I’m usually cutting it close. Not a planner. You’re obviously more organized than I am.

  12. Tricia S.
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 22:48:33

    The lemon grass was my favorite part – not that I could end up tasting it in the actual dish. I just LOVED it aroma when I cut it up. I would like to find some household spray in that scent and go nuts 🙂 And I feel for you on the ingredients. Nana had pity when I couldn’t even get it together to get a melon last week so she shopped for me too when she got her assortment of ingredients. Yup, between that and all the tarts she made….it was a pretty lucky week around here !

  13. Miriam
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 00:34:11

    I always make food ahead of time too, when things are delicious it’s hard to stop myself! Looks good :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  14. Cher
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 04:54:19

    Yes – you definitely need to try it again with the lemon grass – it makes a difference (and try subbing sweet potatoes for regular potatoes – I loved the pairing of them with the coconut milk)

  15. Anita Menon
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 04:57:34

    it looks good inspite of the missing ingredients..Good effort

  16. luciacara
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 05:03:27

    Glad you liked it even without the lemongrass. Luckily for me, I found packs of frozen lemongrass at an Asian market…our regular stores around here only have the stalks on the rare occasion when they stock lemongrass at all. This was a really good recipe!

  17. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 07:27:24

    Definitely try it with lemongrass! I like Cher’s idea of the sweet potatoes; they go so well with pork.

  18. Nancy
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 08:23:18

    I had a lot of trouble finding lemongrass and found some in a tube. I wonder if the fresh stuff makes a difference. I will definitely have to try this from your description.

  19. Peggy
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 08:38:07

    Sounds delicious to me! I’ve never combined pork with coconut before so I’m definitely intrigued with this one =)

  20. Liz
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 09:16:05

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this…even without the lemongrass!

  21. purabinaha
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 09:54:44

    I have plenty of fresh lemongrass here in Hong Kong and I am really impressed by this recipe! Surely gonna try it sometime. This looks so light and tasty!

  22. Barbara
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 10:34:16

    I love reading how everyone makes Dorie’s dishes differently. (congrats on getting it done early!) This looks marvelous! And very doable. Luckily, I can get lemongrass at Whole Foods.

  23. Mary
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 10:57:33

    This really looks wonderful. Had you not told us I never would have known that were ingredients missing. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  24. kitchenarian
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 11:16:08

    It has been great to see all the different versions of the same recipe this week. I usually make my recipes on Friday because I don’t get organized ahead of time! Great job.

  25. Tanvi
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 12:16:30

    Love amazing with big chunks of meat & pasta..very fresh looking dish!

  26. incidentalcooksuman
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 15:03:04

    that plate of pasta looks light, refreshing and delicious!nice recipe..thanks for sharing!

  27. rebecca
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 17:32:09

    tasty pork is a great meat

  28. peachkins
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 20:14:53

    I bet you made this really flavorful even withoutthe lemon..

  29. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 00:29:32

    I think this still looks so delicious. I would gobble it in a heartbeat!

  30. Cakelaw
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 07:31:52

    Glad you enjoyed it – and I like the noodles! It just wasn’t my cup of tea, I’m afraid.

  31. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 11:04:59

    I’m glad you made the dish work, even without the lemongrass. That’s the wonderful thing about Dorie’s recipe, they’re so flexible and still can taste really good after all our tweaks!

  32. pachecopatty
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 11:17:50

    I wanted more lemongrass in my stew! I’m glad you were able to do your own thing with Dorie’s original recipe and still make a delicious dish that you enjoyed, that’s the beauty of these recipes;-)

  33. spicegirlfla
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 10:05:29

    Wonderful dish with the wide noodles! My son would be all over a dish with pork and noodles!!

  34. erica
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 12:02:58

    wow this looks absolutely divine! Definitely making this for dinner this week! Yum!


  35. Frollicking Night Owl
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 18:54:01

    I couldn’t find lemongrass either. I’ve been looking for it since and still haven’t come across it! I just put extra lemon zest in mine.

  36. Tiffany
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 16:58:13

    This sounds and looks wonderful! I am always trying to find new ways to cook with my pork! Thanks for sharing!!

  37. khushi
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 01:23:10

    truly delicious dish…yummy

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