I made this Asian Pork Meatloaf because when I asked my husband to pick up pork belly from the Asian grocery, he misunderstood and came home with ground pork instead. I stared at the meat purchase and in a snap of my fingers, had this bright idea to make a huge meatloaf with Asian flavors. Hey, when life gives you ground pork, deal with it. Sometimes, the best dishes happen from a wrong purchase.
I had seen Asian gourmet guru Ming Tsai on television cook an Asian meatloaf a while ago, but could not remember all the ingredients he used. Instead, I quickly scanned my pantry essentials and decided to just use whatever I had on hand. A quick mix and blending and the ground pork took on a life of its own. The Japanese panko bread crumbs add some kind of magic in this meat loaf. It acts as a good binder and gives an interesting texture to the cooked entree.
When the meat loaf cooked, I sliced and served the moist, pleasant pieces. The family grabbed all the slices and we ate these with boiled rice, the way most Filipino meals are enjoyed. Too bad there were hardly any leftovers ~ I would have loved to make some meatloaf in Filipino Pan de Sal sandwiches or even added it to soup stock . This gives me another reason to make more of this amazing Asian Meatloaf again for the next busy weeknight. After all, this dish can be done in a snap.
Asian Pork Meatloaf
- Large Loaf Pan
- 1 pound Ground pork
- 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs Japanese style bread crumbs
- 1 whole medium-sized white or yellow onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic peeled, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 stalks scallion whites; reserve greens for garnish
- 2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 Tablespoons xiao xing rice wine
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
- for serving :steamed rice
- In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, onions, scallions, garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine, eggs, Panko bread crumbs, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Blend it together well.
- Place the ground pork mixture into a pre-greased loaf pan measuring about 9 inches x 5 inches. Cover with foil.
- Bake in a preheated oven of 350 F degrees for 50 minutes. When done, uncover and allow to cool for a few minutes. Turn the meatloaf over on a serving platter. Garnish with remaining chopped scallion greens. Serve warm with steamed rice.
- Cook’s comments: Panko bread crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs which can be found in Asian markets or major supermarkets by the ethnic ingredients. If not available, use regular bread crumbs and the results are just as good.
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