Garlic-Pepper Fried Pork

This has to be one of the most common dishes in Thailand, from food stalls to fancy restaurants. Some variation of this recipe will appear very regularly at the curry stalls, often several times a week. The dish is easy to prepare and can be made hours in advance, since it is quite acceptable to serve at room temperature.

Garlic-pepper fried pork

Garlic-pepper fried pork

Fried garlic-pepper pork also does double duty. It can be eaten with a main meal, but is often ordered as a snack, especially at night, when the spicy meat makes a great accompaniment to beer and other drinks. Although the dish can sometimes be served 'wet' the more common presentation is quite dry, which makes it easier to eat with your fingers.

Fried garlic-pepper pork is almost always served with a ketchup-like chili sauce. This can either be what is properly called Sri-Racha sauce, or the easier to find chili-ketchup.

(Serves 4)


Pork tenderloin500 g/ 1 lbCut in strips
Shallots2 TblThinly sliced
Coriander Roots5
Garlic1 whole bulbpeeled
Whole Peppercorns1 tsp
White Soy Sauce3 Tbl
Vegetable Oil

Preparation Method

  • Grind together the shallots, coriander roots, garlic and peppercorns.
  • Stir in the white soy sauce, then pour the mixture over the sliced pork. Stir to make sure the pork is completely coated.
  • Marinate the pork for about 30 minutes, then stir-fry it until golden brown.

I've long suspected that some restaurants and stalls deep-fry the pork to get it almost crispy on the outside. If you try that method, be sure to drain it well before serving. It another good reason for making it well ahead of time.

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