Pok Pok - Khao Man Som Tam

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
2 to 4 servings with leftovers
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 5 -ounce portion Muu Waan Sweet Pork, recipe follows
  • 5 -ounce scoop Coconut Rice, packed flat, recipe follows
  • 1/2 order Papaya Pok Pok, recipe follows
  • 1 cabbage wedge, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, fried
  • 1 small handful cilantro, picked
  • 1 (12 pound) pork butt
  • 2 cups sweet soy
  • 2 cups thin soy
  • 2 tablespoons ground medium-fine white pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) package palm sugar, (recommended: Golden Chef)
  • 7 to 8 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 ounces) Fresh Coconut Milk, recipe follows
  • 6 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 8 cups jasmine rice, rinsed with 1/4 teaspoon lime paste and drained
  • OR:
  • 10 to 12 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups coconut cream
  • 9 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 12 cups jasmine rice, rinsed with 1/4 teaspoon lime paste, drained
  • 3 to 6 chiles, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 packed scoop palm sugar
  • 6 to 8 dried shrimp, washed
  • 8 to 10 long beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 ounces dressing, your choice
  • 1 cup (about 1 white rice bowl) loosely packed shredded papaya
  • 6 to 8 halves cherry tomato
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped roasted peanuts
  • Cook's Note: Add more or less chiles according to your heat preference.
Directions

Heat the Muu Waan Sweet Pork in microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds in shallow cambro or another microwavable dish. Put a scoop of rice on a medium oval plate. Put the cabbage on 1 end of the oval and put the Papaya Pok Pok salad next to or on top of the cabbage. Put Muu Waan Sweet Pork on top of the rice in a strip and garnish with shallots and cilantro. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Muu Waan:

Clean the excess fat and gristle from the pork butt and cut it into 1-inch thick pieces. Cut along the grain of meat so that long strands will form when the meat is shredded. Marinate the pork pieces in sweet soy. Put the pork in a rondeau, or another round straight-walled pan. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat, cover the pot and cook slowly until pork is almost tender. Turn the heat to high and reduce the liquid until relatively dry, leaving more of a glaze than a liquid. Roughly shred the pork with a stiff whisk and spatula. Do not wait until pork is already falling apart to reduce the liquid. This will produce a dry and tough product. If the pork is accidentally cooked all the way before reducing the liquid, remove the meat from liquid and reduce separately, then return the meat to the pot.

Coconut Rice:

OR:

Adjust water amount according to the newness of the rice (if the rice is newer then less water will be required). In a rice cooker, combine the water, coconut milk or coconut cream, sugar and salt and mix until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Add the drained rice, and mix thoroughly, making sure the rice is level in the cooker. Cook the rice according to the cooker instructions.

Fresh Coconut Milk:

Thaw grated coconut. Remove the coconut from the bags, and add to a large bowl or cambro container. Add 3 cups water per 16-ounce bag of grated coconut. Allow to sit until the water is absorbed, about 1/2 hour. Press the coconut twice through a fine strainer, using the milk from the first pressing to moisten the coconut again, then strain for the last time.

Papaya Pok Pok:

Smash the chiles, garlic and palm sugar in a mortar and pestle until the garlic is well ground; do this firmly but not violently. Add the shrimp, mash lightly and then add the long beans. Smash them gently, just to break them up. Add the dressing and the papaya. Combine the ingredients thoroughly without mashing the papaya. Add the tomatoes and crush to release their juices. Stir in the peanuts and combine well. Taste should be sour, salty, sweet and spicy in good balance. The texture should be crunchy and slightly pink in color. Make no more than 2 servings at a time!

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.


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