Making tonkotsu ramen at home is truly a labour of love. This isn’t some 15 minute miracle insta-ramen recipe. This isn’t even some one day recipe. Making authentic tonkotsu ramen takes time. It takes effort. You have to be a bit crazy to go there. But it’s so good. It’s totally worth it.
New Mexican red pork chili, or carne adovada, is slow food. It’s good food. Do it right and it’s great food. Tons of chile and roasted onion flavour. Big, big tastes. And the best part? Use cheaper cuts of pork. Shoulder or country style ribs work well. Expensive parts dry out. This is a braise. You wouldn’t make stew with beef tenderloin. Pork is no different.
These are those meatballs and this is that marinara sauce. The one from the fabled little restaurant in Harlem. The restaurant nobody can get a table at. And the ingredient list is exactly the same. There are a couple twists to help it all come together though. Spaghetti and meatballs deconstructed.
Dhansak is a famous Parsi dish. Little bit of history. The Parsis were from Persia and migrated to India to escape persecution in or around the 10th century. That’s the beauty of history. People move around. They bring their cooking with them. Don’t mean to oversimplify but immigration is good for food. Diversity. Variety. Ideas. Indian restaurant dhansak curry is adapted from the traditional. But lentils and a bit of sweet and sour remain.
Chile verde. Chili Colorado. Braised pork with tomatillos. Add some more green chilies and some cilantro and you have what might be the state dish of New Mexico. It’s all over the southern US. It’s nowhere up north. I don’t know why. It’s flat out comfort food.
OK – hands up. Who doesn’t love pork chops with mushroom soup? For me it’s a childhood memory. It’s what I crave when I’m home sick. When I want to just curl up and whimper. When I want my mommy. Pork chops with mushroom cream sauce follows pretty much the same recipe – just upscales it. The dinner party version of the Campbell soup classic.