It is great as finger food at parties, as you can just lift a piece off the plate and pop the bite-size hors d'oeuvres into the mouth. At our bloggers gathering a few months ago, this was what I made. I cooked the pork at home, and assembled it at the party.
I particular like how attractive and colorful it looks on the plate - a multitude of colours from the pork, pineapple, coriander and chilli. In Thai cuisine, a balance of flavours (sweet,sour, salty and spicy) is important and this dish definitely delivers. Use good-quality pineapple (not overly ripe which is both sweet and slightly tart in taste) for this dish to shine. The minced pork plus peanuts contributes to the sweet and salty element and the chillies is added for the spicy factor.
Beautiful colours, and lots of different textures and tastes
Galloping Horses (Ma Haw ม้าห้อ)
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from A Little Taste of Thailand
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
2 tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
225g minced (ground) pork
2 tbsp light soy sauce
3 tbsp palm sugar (gula melaka)
1 spring onion (white parts only), finely sliced
1/2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
25g unsalted cooked peanuts, skin removed and roughly ground
A pinch of ground white pepper
20 coriander leaves
1 red chilli, very finely sliced
1. Peel the pineapple, then cut into rounds with 1.5cm thickness. Cut each round into quarters - cut off the core and discard as it can be tough. You should get about 25 pieces of pineapple.
2. Heat oil in a wok over medium high heat, then add the garlic and cook for 1 1/2 minutes, until lightly browned. Lower to medium heat, then add the minced pork and cook for a further 5-6 minutes, until the pork is cooked through and begins to brown slightly. Use your spatula to break up the meat until it has separated.
3. Add the light soy sauce, palm sugar, pepper, spring onions, chopped coriander, and crushed peanuts, and stir well. Cook for a further 4-5 minutes until the mixture is dry and sticky. Taste and season with more soy sauce, as required.
4. To serve, place pineapple segments on plate, then scoop a tablespoonful of cooked minced meat onto the segment. Garnish with a slice of chilli and coriander leaf each.
Note: If serving to children, omit the chilli.
All the dishes we had during our gathering. You can read more about each individual dish here.
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