Easy Filipino-Style Salty and Sour Pork Chops
Easy, Pan-Fried Pork Chops
I love pork chops of all kinds, but one of the things I miss most about my home country is the local-style pork chops. If you're familiar with adobo, then you know that Filipino cuisine often features dishes with a distinctive salty and sour flavor combination. This dish is one of them. It's also possible to vary the recipe to make it sweeter (see my variations section below), though personally, I really like the non-sweet version. Another thing I like about this recipe, in particular, is that it's quick and easy to cook, especially when I'm in a hurry.
- 4 bone-in pork chops, 1/2-inch thick
- 1/2 cup toyomansi sauce, available in Asian stores
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil, for frying
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- Combine all of the ingredients, except for the peanut oil, in a Ziploc bag.
- Refrigerate the marinated pork chops overnight.
- Heat the peanut oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Sear the pork chops for 3 minutes on each side, until a thermometer shows an internal temperature of 145F.
- Remove the chops from the pan, allow them to rest for 2 minutes, then serve.
- Instead of frying, you can grill or bake the pork chops.
- Instead of toyomansi sauce, you can use a mixture of soy sauce with either lemon juice or vinegar.
- For a sweet and savory pork chop, add sugar to the marinade.
- Try using fish sauce instead of soy sauce.