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Sweet Soy–Braised Pork
The combination of soy sauce and molasses—inspired by Charmaine Solomon’s Balinese-style pork from “Encyclopedia of Asian Food”—mimics the flavor and consistency of kecap manis, or Indonesian sweet soy sauce. Boneless country-style pork spareribs provide rich, meaty flavor, but be sure to trim off excess fat so the dish won't be greasy. Serve with steamed rice, topping each portion with cilantro and sliced chilies and offering lime wedges on the side.
tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided
large shallots, finely chopped (1 cup)
01In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, heat 2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add the shallots, garlic, ginger and half of the chilies, then reduce to medium and cook, stirring, until golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. Return the skillet to medium-high and heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering. Add the pork in an even layer and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and discard any fat in the skillet.
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