Shredded Pork (Lechon Asado)

    1 hour 45 minutes

    Pork chops slow simmered until the meat becomes extra tender. Shredded with two forks then fried in hot oil with onion, garlic, coriander and lime juice.

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    Serves: 5 

    • 500ml water
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 1 sprig fresh thyme
    • 8 black peppercorns
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • salt, to taste
    • 750g boneless pork loin chops
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • handful chopped fresh coriander

    Preparation:1hour30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:1hour45min 

    1. In a large saucepan, combine water, juice of one lime, thyme sprig, peppercorns, garlic and salt. Bring mixture to a boil. Add pork chops, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until meat is very tender. Add more water as necessary to keep chops covered.
    2. Turn off heat and let the chops rest in the stock for 30 minutes. Remove chops from stock and shred, removing excess fat; set aside.
    3. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the shredded pork and fry until it is almost crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and continue to cook until the onion is just tender yet slightly crisp, about 10 minutes more. Add the juice of one lime, mix through and toss with coriander. Serve and enjoy.

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    Used different ingredients. This is not a good way to make this dish. If you want to know the real way....cook a pork roast in a crock pot all day til it falls apart. Cook in pan with onions and garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Squeez lime juice at the end. Dont put coriander in does not belong in there! serve with black beans and yellow rice.  -  29 Sep 2008


    I used some cubed pork I had in freezer and added a whole chili to cooking water. I loved it. Served on rice. New way of cooking meat for me. Very tasty.  -  04 Oct 2013


    Altered ingredient amounts. It was very good. I made it in the pressure cooker to save time. After cooker reaches stabalized pressure I let it cook for 10 minutes. Then I turned off heat and let it sit for 30 minutes without removing the lid of the pressure cooker. The pork was so tender it fell apart as I tried to remove it from the pot. My advice if you do use pressure cooker is to only add the 500ml of water or else the flavour is not as strong. I used 700ml water and I had to add more spices later while It was frying. To avoid dry pork, I stir fried it on ultra high heat until it was toasted on the outside and added the onions during the last 5 minutes. Remember, you want it moist and tender inside and crispy on the outside so you must use high heat to accomplish this. Maybe a couple of bay leaves might make it better too.  -  29 Sep 2008