Pork, Beans and Tomato Curry

Pork, Long Beans and Tomato Curry

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I never really liked curry before but now I just love it! And I can’t help but experiment on different kinds. This is just one of them. Love it for its simplicity.

Pork, cut into chunks
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 tbsp curry powder (adjust to your own taste)
Long beans, cut about 1 1/2 inch long (or aubergine)
5 large tomatoes, roughly chopped and deseeded (peeled if you like)
1 can of coconut milk
Patis (fish sauce)
2-3 tbsp of fresh coriander leaves

Heat oil in a pan. Add pork chunks and fry for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned all over. rendering fat from pork releases more flavor into the sauce. Add curry powder and stir fry until meat is nicely coated with curry. Season with patis and saute for half a minute. Add onions and half of the tomatoes and cook until softened. Add coconut milk and a cup of water. Bring to boil then simmer until pork is tender and the sauce has thickened. Adjust the taste if necessary. Add the beans and simmer until al dente. (Alternatively, steam the long beans separately and add them to the curry later on; the steaming broth added to the curry sauce.) Turn of the heat. Add coriander and the remaining tomatoes and stir into the curry. Serve immediately.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

11 thoughts on “Pork, Long Beans and Tomato Curry

  1. you have a very good eye in taking food photos, kainggit ka naman. all your photos are so enticing. everytime i come here, i feel my tummy rumbling *grins*.

    anya´s last blog post..Red Ribbon

    1. Thanks anya. Maybe an eye for detail and my ever-steady hands. :-) It takes me less than a minute to take photos. Otherwise, magugutom na ang aking mag-ama sa paghihintay…

  2. that looks sooo good! was actually craving for a good curry dish, but no idea really what/how to cook them. thanks for the recipe! :)

    thanks for playing again, Iska
    sensya na sa late visit …

    happy weekend!

    maiylah´s last blog post..Food Friday

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