Macau Pork Chop Sandwich
I first heard of this sandwich on an episode of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations [Macau]".  Macau is near Hong Kong, a former Portuguese colony, now inhabited by both the Chinese and Porteguese.  The sandwich is made using a sweet Chinese bun (oh yummm).  From what I could gather with my hungry eyes during the episode, the round bun sometimes appeared to be a plain, crusty French roll, but most other times a soft "Pineapple Bun".  Found in nearly every Chinese bakery in the States, pineapple buns have a golden sweet, tender crust with a super delicate crumb (no pineapples, go figure).  A savory fried pork chop in between sweet, crusty bun with NO ADDITIONAL FLUFF.  Oh my goodness.

Ingredients (4 sandwiches)

  • 4 (1 pound total) pork chops, about ½-inch thick, bones removed - you can remove them yourself or find pork chops without the bone
  • 2 garlic cloves, garlic pressed
  • 2 teaspoons white rice wine (or any white wine)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese-Five spice powder (optional, omit if you do not have any)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup canola oil, for frying 
  • 4 Pineapple Buns, split in hal 

1.  Marinade pork chops with garlic, white rice wine, soy sauce, Chinese-Five spice, salt and olive oil together.  Allow pork chops to sit, refrigerated, at least an hour but best overnight.

2.  Prior to frying, allow the meat to come to near room temperature, about 30 minutes.  

4.  Place flour in a shallow plate, dredging chops into the flour - make sure to shake off any excess flour.

3.  Heat canola oil in a large wok or cast iron pan on medium-high.  A cast iron may require more oil, enough to fill the pan a ¼-inch up from the bottom. 

4.  When oil is hot, carefully lay in all 4 pork chops, they should not be touching.  If there's not enough room, then work in batches, two at a time.  Fry on each side for 3 minutes or until cooked through (check by cutting into one, if necessary).  

5.  Transfer pork chops onto a platter to rest.

6.  At this time, split the Pineapple Buns in half by using a serrated knife.  These buns are very soft and delicate, so take your time cutting through!

7.  Sandwich a pork chop in between each Pineapple Bun and enjoy!