This dish is incredibly easy to make and very tasty. The sweetness from the mirin, the saltiness from the oyster sauce and soy sauce and the warmth of the ginger will satisfy your Asian taste buds. Choose a lean pork and trim all the fat.

Pork is rich in protein for satisfying hunger, B-vitamins for a healthy heart, potassium for blood pressure control, phosphorous for strong bones and teeth, and zinc for immunity (from Heart Food, the Healthy Heart Cookbook, Veronica Cuskelly and Nicole Senior, 2008)

Serve with green tea soba noodles, the dish is very satisfying. The pork is incredibly tender and tasty. It’s another one of my favourite dishes from Donna Hay.

Sesame and soy ginger pork

(from Donna Hay magazine, Aug/Sep 2009 issue 46)

(serves 3-4)

  • 2 x 300 gr pork fillets, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) mirin
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 200 gr green tea soba noodles, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Step 1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Place the pork in a non-metallic bowl with the oyster sauce, mirin, soy and ginger. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes.

You can marinate the pork the night before and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Pork and the marinade

Step 2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Remove pork from the marinade, reserving marinade. Cook pork for 1 minute each side or until browned. Place on a baking paper on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes or until cooked through.

Step 3. Add the reserved marinade to the pan with the water and cook for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Step 4. Cook the soba according to the instructions in the package. Toss the cooked noodles with sesame seeds and oil. Slice pork and arrange with noodles. Spoon over sauce to serve. Enjoy with some greens.

Sesame and soy ginger pork with soba noodles