I usually can’t be bothered to make a marinade that requires cooking, but I found this in an old cookbook, Great Grilling, and decided to try it.
I made a few substitutions, using what I had on hand. If you don’t have mirin, use dry sherry and another 1/2 tbs of brown sugar. Use dark or regular soy sauce for the mushroom soy sauce. This is cooking, not baking… substitutes are allowed and flexible.
Pork is done at 145 F (62C). It will be slightly pink in the center which is perfect. If you don’t have a thermometer (instant or remote read) check it after 20 minutes by slicing into middle for a peak. It will cook a bit more while it rests.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Ginger & Star Anise Marinade
Total time: 45 minutes plus marinating time
- 12oz (360gr) pork tenderloin
- 1/3 cup mirin
- 1/3 cup mushroom soy sauce
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 tbs minced fresh ginger
- 2 star anise
- 2 tbs sesame or walnut oil
- 1 tbs maizena (cornstarch) dissolved in 2 tbs water
- Put mirin, soy sauce, water, sugar, onion, garlic, ginger, star anise in a small saucepan and heat to boiling.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in sesame oil, set aside until completely cooled.
- Put pork in a food bag or dish, pour marinade over and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
- When ready remove pork from marinade, reserving marinade.
- Cook pork on barbecue for 20 – 25 minutes, depending on thickness.
- Remove from heat and let rest 5 – 10 minutes before slicing.
- Heat reserved marinade to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened. Remove from heat.
- To serve: Slice pork, spoon some sauce over the top and serve, remaining sauce on the side.
I was going through my ‘reader’ the other day. You remember those, right? It collects the RSS (or replacement) feeds for blog updates so one can see what everyone else is up to. I hadn’t updated mine in awhile, it was late, I was bored so I decided to take a closer look.
I’ve been blogging for over 11 years. A lot of the food blogs on my list were from the early days. More recent blogs have been added but the old ones were still there.
A lot of the old ones were no longer active or were minimally active… 3 posts in the last 9 months or some such. What struck me was how many of my old blogging friends seemed to quit sometime in 2014.
Did something happen in 2014 that I missed? Was I supposed to turn in my keyboard but no one gave me the memo?
Well, that bit wouldn’t actually surprise me….. The new era of sponsored posts and product reviews and all the other stuff has passed me by. It seems that companies selling products to young consumers in metropolitan US are not really seeking the opinion of retired American expats living in the middle of nowhere, France.
To be fair I have not pursued the new blogging style that seems so prevalent now. If you like seeing a picture of the ingredients, followed by a picture of the ingredients in a skillet, followed by a picture of the ingredients in the skillet being stirred, followed by a picture of the ingredients in the skillet being stirred at 10 minute intervals, followed by…. Oh, you get my drift! If you like all those pictures you have come to the wrong blog. They drive me crazy as it takes forever to scroll down to the actual recipe.
I know how to stir…..
Sometimes when I finally get to the recipe I find out it uses prepared foods and / or mixes. Like the cake recipe I checked out the other day…. It used a cake mix and a packet of flavored Jello. I made that in grade school….
I don’t read as many blogs as I used to either. I see a photo on Pinterest or Facebook of something that looks good, but when I follow it through to the recipe I find a blog that is in pale blue or pale gray type on white and, for me, it’s simply not worth the effort to read it. Don’t these people calibrate their monitors? Do they really think having a pale gray typeface on a white background is a good thing? Why would they want to make it difficult to read?
Maybe the answer really is that they don’t calibrate the monitors…. Or maybe the posts are being written for phones and they don’t do different color schemes for desktop and phone.
Whatever, they lose my interest immediately.
All this thinking and looking and pondering makes me wonder why I’m still sitting here typing….
I have no answer to that.
So here’s a sunset: