Marinated Grilled Pork Porterhouse with Fragrant Rice

“Pork is not like salmon, which has a deep flavor,” Ming Tsai says. “Pork has a neutral flavor, so it takes to this sauce well and really soaks it in.”


4 pork Porterhouse steaks, brined, preferably overnight
1 cup Kaffir Lime-Shallot Sambal, plus 1 tablespoon for rice and
1/4 cup for garnish
Grape-seed or canola oil for grill
3 cups basmati rice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Rub steaks with 1 cup sambal and let marinate at least 4 hours. Prepare a hot clean grill, wiped with grape-seed or canola oil. Season steaks (lightly if brined) and grill both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes per side for medium. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Meanwhile, wash rice in cold tap water, 3 or 4 times, until water runs clear. Place in a rice cooker or set in a saucepan on the stove. Add 1 tablespoon sambal and mix thoroughly. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then fill with water to the first digit of your index finger as it touches the surface of the rice. Cook rice as directed on package (45 minutes for rice cooker).

To serve, divide rice among four plates and top with sliced steak. Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon sambal.

Kaffir Lime-Shallot Sambal


1/4 cup grape-seed or canola oil
20 shallots, peeled and minced
3/4 pound jalapeno peppers, stemmed and minced with the seeds
10 Kaffir lime leaves, stemmed and minced
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup naturally brewed rice vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt


In a nonreactive saucepan or wok over low heat, add oil, shallots, jalapeno peppers, and Kaffir lime leaves. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add lime juice, rice vinegar, and sugar, then bring slowly to a simmer. Reduce by half, about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add salt. Transfer to a food processor and pulse a few times. Allow sambal to come to room temperature. It may be kept, refrigerated, up to 2 weeks.

Total time: 1 hour; active time: 30 minutes

Yield: 5 cups

Cooking & Recipes


4 servings

Preparation Time: 

15 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

75 minutes

Preparation Method

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