For me, a little home sick Island girl, this is comfort food. It’s a Filipino dish, very popular in Hawaii, and I love it, well I did modify it just a touch.
I had way too much Pork Loin Chops from Costco, you know, that huge tray of gorgeous Pork. For the two of us, somehow just straight up the Chops were tasteless, so I thought-heh, why not make this!
Pork Guisantes or Pork And Peas
2 Costco Pork Loin Chops, sliced very thinly (it’s easier if partially frozen)
½ C. Sweet Red Bell Pepper, sliced into small chunks
½ C. Sweet White Onion, chopped
1-2 Garlic Cloves, minced
½ C. Tomato Sauce
1 C. Water
½ Tbsp. Soy Sauce
½ Tbsp. Fish Sauce (I left this out, didn’t have any)
1 Bay Leaf
½ C. frozen Sweet Peas
Salt & Pepper to taste
Just enough Vegetable Oil to coat the bottom of a large Sauté pan
Heat a large pan with the veggie oil over med-high heat.
Sauté the Peppers just until they’re crisp-tender, about 1-2 minutes, set aside on a dish.
Add the Onions and Garlic and sweat until they are translucent; add in the Pork and cook `til just browned, don’t overcook it, Pork can get tough.
Pour in the wet stuff: Tomato Sauce, Water, Soy Sauce and Fish Sauce -if using- along with that Bay Leaf, give it all a good stir and bring to a gentle boil; reduce the heat to a simmer–cover and cook for about 20 minutes. The meat should be fork tender and the sauce reduced.
Add back in the Peppers and now the Peas, cook for 1-2 minutes, until the Peas are heated; season with S&P to taste (*Hint: if using Fish Sauce, watch it with the Salt).
Serve over hot steamed White Rice (or Brown Rice if you wish)
And as always, remember that a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.
(I just thought of another version of this dish – Shrimp And Peas 🙂 )