Asian Brined Pork Loin with Gingered Yams and Five Spice Apples

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 12 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 12 hr
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 tablespoon szechwan peppercorns

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

2 star anise

32 ounces water (4 cups)

1/3 cup kosher salt

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

4 large slices ginger

2 bay leaves

1 pork loin, cleaned (about 3 to 4 pounds)

Black pepper to taste

Garnish: 1/4 cup chive batons

2 tablespoons chile oil

Gingered Yams, recipe follows

Five Spice Apples, recipe follows

Gingered Yams:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons minced ginger

4 medium sized yams, peeled and quartered

6 garlic cloves, peeled

2 to 4 ounces of butter

Salt and black pepper to taste

Five Spice Apples:

Canola oil to cook

1 small diced red onion

1/2 tablespoon five spice powder

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced

8 ounces apple juice

1 tablespoon butter (optional)

Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Toast both peppercorns and anise until fragrant in a saute pan. Mix everything together and taste. The liquid should be tasty, but not overly salty. Place pork in brine overnight. After brining, thoroughly rinse pork in cold water. Season the pork with black pepper and saute in well oiled pan. Color both sides then place in a 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The middle of the pork should get hot. Note: even when fully cooked, the meat will remain pink because of the brining process. Let loin rest for 10 minutes then slice. Place pork around a mound of yams. Garnish with apples, chive batons and chile oil. Optional garnish for the adventuresome would be fried yam chips.

Gingered Yams:

  1. Place cream and ginger in saucepan and on low heat, reduce the cream to 1 cup. In another saucepan, place yams and garlic and completely cover with cold water. Place on stove at medium heat and slowly boil. Cook about 20 to 30 minutes or until yams can be pierced with a paring knife then easily fall off of the knife. Strain well and place in food processor. Puree and add cream, butter, salt and pepper. Check for seasoning. Keep warm for serving.

Five Spice Apples:

  1. In a saute pan, coat with oil and caramelize onions. Add five spice, sugar and apples. Deglaze with juice and season. Let mixture cook and reduce by 50 percent. The apples should remain intact and have some liquid left. Stir in the butter. Check for seasoning. Do not overcook apples to mash. This can be done in advance and reheated for plating.