Asian inspired, deeply flavored, tender pork stew is just the right amount of sweet, sticky, and salty.
I’m loving the autumn weather that’s finally begun to arrive in Southern California. Not only does my closet change, but I finally get to bring out some of my favorite stews and soups.
I’ve made slight changes to this recipe according to my families preferences. The original found on Epicurious.com is a bit fattier. We’ve come to enjoy leaner pork loin for this recipe as opposed to the suggested fatty country style pork ribs. The stove simmering option works very well. Though, if you simmer the stew in the oven, the meat slowly caramelizes; a quick stir every now and then rotates the meat creating a richer flavor in the stew.
Easily doubled, I make it with 4 lbs meat and hope for leftovers, but do allow more time for liquids to evaporate.
The perfect time, well there’s never a bad time to try this, but the perfect time is after a party when you have flat coke (cola) in the fridge. Don’t toss it, use it here, you don’t need the bubbles.
Enjoy this stew over a bowl of steamed brown or white rice. Yum.
Cola Braised Pork Stew
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 2-inch cubes
- 2 cups Coke (do not use diet cola)
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
- 6 – 8 green onions, chopped
Directions: Note: if you make a larger batch, allow at least 30 more minutes to simmer off excess liquid.
Heat oil in large pot over high heat.
Add half the cubed pork; brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer pork to bowl. Repeat with remaining pork.
Return all the pork cubes to the pot. Turn off heat and pour coke slowly into pot. Stir. Bring to boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer or put in 325 degree oven for 30 minutes .
Add garlic, soy sauce, ginger, and half of green onions. Cover with lid slightly ajar to let some steam out and simmer or return to the oven uncovered, for about 50 minutes more, until pork is tender.
If using stove top method; uncover and simmer on stove over low heat until sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Season stew with salt and pepper.
Transfer to serving bowls; sprinkle with remaining green onions.