Thai Style Pork Loin with Peanut Sauce brings together a multitude of flavors. The contrast that is present in Thai food is what makes me love it so much. Thai cuisine is full of contrasts, not only in flavors but also in presentation, colors and textures. My Thai style pork loin brings you such contrast.
Thai cuisine is a combination of culinary tradition of neighboring countries.
To the north we have Laos and Burma and Cambodia and Vietnam to the southeast. The Chinese introduced noodles to Thailand, an essential ingredient in the famous pad thai. Out of all the Asian foods I have tried, it is my favorite. There is such variety. The use of coconut and peanuts for me is a great combination.
Thai food is also deeply influenced by Indian cuisine.
This is evidenced in the use of various curries (red, yellow and green). Spices typical of Thai cuisine are lemongrass, galangal (Thai ginger) and Thai basil (horapha). Pork features in many Thai dishes seasoned and prepared in many different ways and served with varying side dishes.
I like to serve it with jasmine rice.
Jasmine rice is a long grain rice with a slightly nutty aroma. You can however serve it with anything you want, from steamed vegetables to noodles. My preference is the rice, but next time I make this dish I will definitely try to expand my horizons and try it with something else, just to mix things up a little.
I must confess, I did a great deal of experimenting with the sauce in order to get it to the right consistency. In my opinion, this sauce lends itself to chicken as well as beef, especially if you are doing kebabs.
If you want to explore some other interesting Thai dishes and flavors here are some to try. My daughter was teaching in China and did some backpacking through Thailand and sent me this recipe for Thai red curry chicken after taking a cooking class with some friends. Thai beef salad is a great dish for the grilling season and it has a fantastic marinade and homemade peanut lime dressing. Thai coconut chicken soup has that really nice combination of sweet and savory flavors that many Asian dishes bring to the table. If you want dessert then you have to try this Thai mango sticky rice that is rich, sweet and creamy with tangy mango slices.
* For a paleo diet friendly option serve this dish with a side of steamed vegetables instead of rice.
Thai Style Pork Loin with Peanut Sauce
Here is a really easy recipe for Thai style pork tenderloin with peanut sauce. The sauce has a really nice flavor with garlic, coconut milk, soy, ginger and cilantro. Make this a meal or serve as an appetizer.
Place pork loin in a large Ziploc bag.
In a bowl mix together the garlic, mustard, soy sauce, orange juice, salt and pepper. Pour over the pork and allow to marinate about 6-8 hours.
Preheat oven to 350'F
Place pork loin in glass baking dish with marinade. Cook until internal temperature is 150'F. (about 25 minutes). Baste pork loin using a turkey baster about every 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Cover and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes.
While the pork loin is baking prepare the sauce:
In a small saucepan on low heat mix all sauce ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are well integrated. Continue to stir for about 5 minutes until the consistency is smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and serve over sliced pork loin. Garnish with green onion.