Passionate about using seasonal ingredients and intrigued by the idea of using papaya in your cooking? This recipe shows you how to make the most of this exotic fruit by adding it to a fragrant sweet and sour marinade and pairing with tender pork and fresh veg.
Put a quarter of the papaya flesh into a food processor along with the garlic, ginger, tamarind paste, sugar and fish sauce and whizz to a smooth, loose paste.
Pour half the paste into a bowl and add the oil. Mix well. Put the pork fillet in a large shallow bowl and pour over the paste and oil mixture. Cover and set aside to marinate for a few hours in the fridge. Cover the remaining paste and set aside in the fridge.
When you’re ready to cook, preheat the grill to its highest setting. Grill the pork for 15 minutes, turning every few minutes, until it begins to blacken on the outside and is cooked through. Set aside on a plate and cover with foil to rest for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a pan of salted water to the boil and blanch the beansprouts for 1-2 minutes until hot throughout. Drain and set aside to cool a little. Slice the carrot ribbons into thin noodles and slice the remaining papaya. Toss the papaya with the beansprouts and carrot noodles in a large bowl. Add the chillies, peanuts, and herbs. Let down the remaining paste with a little water to make a dressing, then add to the bowl and toss with the salad ingredients. Add the lime juice to taste.
Slice the cooked pork and arrange the salad on a large platter. Top the salad with the pork slices to serve.
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