Tuesday 21 June 2011


The name of this recipe conjures images of swaying palm fronds and sashaying lasses. The flavour is a tantalizing mix of Asian and fresh tropical flavours. One taste and you will approve of the name it was aptly given.

This is a dish that I used to cook a lot when I was young. If I remember right, I found the recipe in one of those women's magazines. I had a collection of clippings and I still have some of them up to now. 

Food then had funny titles like these. A lot had names of places but in no way are they connected. Pineapples instantly bring to mind scenes of the tropics so the names Tahitian, Polynesian, Hawaiian were often used as suggestive tags. 

The sauce that glazes the pork chunks takes the sweet and tangy taste from pineapples and licorice flavour from star anise. The original recipe calls for thin strips of pork that are first fried before being glazed with the sauce. I used chunks of belly ribs (pork belly rashers with the bones attached) instead which I simmered in the sauce until tender before frying. It is served over shredded cabbage and sprinkled with spring onion rings. It is a yin and yang dish, a perfect balance of sweet, savoury and fresh.


1 kilo of belly pork, cut into chunks
1/4 c. light soy sauce
3 tbsps. brown sugar
2 tbsps. dry sherry
1 227 gm. can of pineapple pieces/chunks
2 segments of star anise
corn flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
cooking oil for frying
Shredded cabbage
spring onion rings for garnish


Season the pork chunks with the soy sauce, sugar, sherry and the juice from the pineapple. Marinade for half an hour. 

Transfer to a pot and add 3/4 cup of water and the star anise. Bring to a boil and simmer until the pork is tender. I used a pressure cooker and it took just 20 minutes. Strain the pork but keep the liquid for the sauce. 

Coat the pork lightly with corn flour then shallow fry until golden brown. 

Re-heat the sauce and bring it to a boil. Reduce if too watery. Add the pineapple pieces. Disperse 1 1/2 tsps. of corn flour in 2 tbsps. of water and thicken the sauce. Add the sesame oil. Adjust the seasonings to your own taste.

Serve on a bed of shredded cabbage and sprinkle with spring onion rings.

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  1. Pork, star anise & pineapples sounds like a very delicious combination. I would give this recipe a try.

  2. very inviting...just wanna pierce thro the screen a grab a mouthful..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  3. Adora, all I can say is -- WOW! You caught the drool factor of the dish! In my opinion, this is a cookbook shot. GREAT JOB!!! :)

  4. Hi Adora! I agree with Ray. This is a cookbook shot and I really really want to eat this! It's almost lunch time here and you are totally making me hungry. You ALWAYS cook dishes that I'd love to eat. Thanks for sharing and making me super hungry! ;-)

  5. I'm drooling! This looks like our version of Sweet & Sour Pork. Not sure if you've tried it but we add pineapples, chilli peppers & onions.

    Oh, I've just posted an article on Amazing Kitchen Tips (Part I). Thought I'd share it with u :)

  6. I can almost smell that star anise!

  7. Wow - these photos are making my mouth water non-stop, it's terribly embarrassing! Fantastic job. Agree with you about the funny tropical names when it comes to pineapple: it's like a Hawaiian pizza :-)

  8. Mmmm.... This is just so mouth-watering! I did cooked something similar but have never try with the pork belly. I shall consider cooking this during the weekend or next week! Tks for sharing this recipe Adora! ^.^

  9. wow this is delicious looking and your photo's are wonderful!!!!!

  10. Hi Adora, first off we have the same placemat; got it as pasalubong from Manila. Did you get yours over there too?
    star anise and pineapples are two of my favorite cooking ingredients. However I never had it combined. Love to try it and dance the tahitian dance too haha!

  11. Malou, got the placemat here from a shop called Tiger ( just £1). I hope you still have some ham left because ham tastes so good cooked in pineapple juice with star anise (and cinnamon bark).

  12. This sounds so delicious! Pork and pineapples go so well together. Would love to give this a try :)

  13. this looks wonderful! nothing like pineapple to bring back memories of Hawaii for me!

  14. I love the add of pineapple


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