Now that we know how to make vegan “pork”, it’s time to put it to use!
This vegan “pork” is super tender, juicy, and comes with a sweet, salty, and peppery sauce. It’s also so meaty, you would never believe it’s vegan!
This vegan “pork” is actually not braised the traditional way. It is not cooked in liquid for a long time as the vegan “pork” tends to become too soft and might separate if it absorbs too much liquid. To prevent that from happening, we prepare the sauce first, and once it has reduced and thickened we add the vegan “pork” and sautée for just a couple minutes.
It starts with garlic, shallots, and chili that are sautéed until fragrant. Then we add the “pork” and sautée for another few minutes until it starts to brown a bit.
Next, remove the “pork” from the skillet, set aside, and prepare the sauce. It consists of coconut sugar, soy sauce, coconut water, and fresh peppercorn. Let it simmer until it starts to thicken before adding the “pork” to the skillet again.
Stir to coat with the sauce, top with lime zest and it’s ready to serve!
This braised “pork” is delicious served with rice or noodles, and sautéed greens on the side. It is meaty, saucy, fatty (in a good way!), and packed with umami.
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
- 2 tbsp (30ml) oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 small chili, sliced (optional)
- 2 cups (about 12 pieces) chopped vegan pork
- 2 tbsp (30ml) soy sauce
- 1/3 cup (80ml) coconut water
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh green pepper (or use 1/4 ground black pepper)
- for serving: lime zest, fresh cilantro, noodles or rice
- Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic, shallot, and chili, and sautée for about 3 minutes or until shallots are soft.
- Add the vegan “pork” and sautée for another 2-3 minutes. Remove the vegan “pork” from the skillet and set aside on a small plate.
- Pour the soy sauce, coconut water, sugar, and pepper into the skillet. Bring to a simmer and let it reduce for 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken. Next, add the vegan “pork” and sautée for 2 minutes, stirring from time to time to coat with the sauce.
- Serve immediately on top of rice or noodles and top with lime zest and fresh cilantro.
As noted in the Vegan Roast “Pork” recipe, there is no nutrition information for this recipe as it’s quite difficult to calculate it (depending on the ingredients used).