As some of you might already know about me I do love Asian inspired food and this Thai Roasted Pork Tenderloin with a home-made peanut sauce is one of my favorites. It is easy to prepare, very flavorful and super Delicious!
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Trip to Thailand
Years ago I was lucky enough to be able to go to Thailand. It was my first time visiting a non-European country and the difference in culture was quite overwhelming. I remember leaving the Netherlands with a thick jumper and a coat because it was -5 degrees Celsius and arriving at Bangkok airport with a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. The humidity really got to me at first. As soon as the sliding doors of the airport opened it felt as if someone threw a hot wet blanket over me. All I could hear where cars beeping and police men blowing their whistles. For a brief moment all I wanted was to turn around and take the next flight back home.
Thank goodness that feeling did not stay for long and I really enjoyed my trip there. It was a trip with a large group of people. We had our own bus and tour-guide there ( I can still here her say: Hellooo my name is Villai but you can call me Willy!). She took us all over Bangkok and Hua Hin. We where only there for a week so sadly could not see all we wanted to. With days starting very early and nights ending very late ( a lot of booze was involved I must admit) it was a good thing we only had a week, Honestly would not know if I would have survived a longer period hahaha.
I really did fall in love during this trip. Those fantastic Thai flavors really rocked my boat! I had fish I had never even seen before and loved submerging myself in an unknown world of flavors. Fantastic! This Thai Roasted Pork Tenderloin is inspired by my visit to the land of smiles. It is my own take on it and by no means I claim this is authentic Thai food. One of the things on my to-do list is to visit Thailand again and learn the authentic Thai cuisine from a true Thai home-cook. This Thai Roasted Pork Tenderloin is marinated, roasted in the oven and served with a super easy and delicious Thai peanut sauce. Yum!
Do you love Asian food and want to take a look at more recipes? Take a look at my Indonesian Sambal Chicken, my Eggs in Soy Sauce and my Asian Sticky Chicken. You can serve all of these with a nice refreshing Cucumber Salad and Indonesian Fried rice. More Asian recipes will follow over time.
Thai Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Easy to prepare delicious Thai inspired Pork Tenderloin.
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 150 ml light soy sauce
- 50 grams dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger root
- 3 whole star anise ( see recipe notes)
- 500 gram pork tenderloin
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 shallots, peeled and finely diced
- 150 grams roasted peanuts, very finely chopped ( see recipe notes)
- 150 ml water
- 1 chicken stock cube
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 2 fresh red chilies, cut into rings ( optional)
In a bowl mix garlic, sugar, ginger, soy sauce and star anise until sugar is dissolved. Place pork tenderloins in a zip-lock bag and pour in marinade. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Overnight would be even better but don't worry if you don't have the time it will still turn out great.
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Take the meat out of the marinade and place on an oven-rack. Roast meat for about 10 minutes. Generously brush with marinade and roast for another 10 minutes. It is done if the juice coming out is clear.
In a frying pan ( or wok) heat the vegetable oil and fry shallots until they start to brown. Add peanuts, remaining marinade, water and stock cube. Let simmer for a couple of minutes. Mix corn starch with a tsp of water and add to sauce to thicken it a bit. Add black pepper and salt to taste.
Cut pork in slices, poor over the sauce and garnish with red chilly rings.
This recipe uses star anise, if you can not find this in your local store you can purchase it here. ( this is an affiliate link, so if you purchase anything I will be able to pick up a couple of pennies at no extra cost to you).
If you chop your peanuts the sauce will stay a bit coarse, however if you want it to be smooth just blend the peanuts until they turn to powder.