Loin of Bacon with Plum Sauce
- 1½kg loin of bacon, trimmed
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 125mls hoisin sauce
- 60mls Chinese rice wine vinegar
- 60mls soy sauce
- 60g brown sugar
- 1 teasp. Chinese five spice powder
- 5 plums, stoned and quartered
Place the joint in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add the carrots, onion and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 20 minutes per half kg.
While the bacon is cooking place the hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and five spice powder in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes until it becomes syrupy. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside to finish later when the bacon is cooked.
Set the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F). Take the joint from the saucepan and transfer to a roasting tin. Score the fat. Brush 3-4 tablespoons of the sauce over it. Place the plums around the joint and add 100mls of the cooking liquid to the roasting tin to prevent the sauce from burning.
Place the roasting tin in the oven for 30 minutes. Then remove from the oven and allow the bacon to rest while you finish the sauce. Add the plums and liquid from the roasting tin to the sauce you have set aside and bring to the boil, stirring gently so that you don’t break up the plums.
Slice the bacon and serve with the sauce, cabbage which has been thinly sliced and sautéed with a little butter, and mashed potatoes.
The remaining cooking liquid, carrots and onion can be used as base for a vegetable soup, discard the bay leaf. Saute some additional chopped onions, carrots, potatoes and parsnips, or whatever you have in the fridge, in a little oil. When softened add the reserved cooking liquid and some water or a tin of tomatoes and simmer for about 30 minutes. Puree until smooth, season and serve.
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