I was craving Chinese food, so I thought I would try my hand at making a pork roast with all my favorite Asian flavors. I also wanted to make it in the crockpot. I paired the roast with steamed white rice, vegetables and pork dumplings. It turned out really good, and I am happy to share this recipe with my JAP friends! Enjoy!
1Wash and prepare the carrots and onions and place in the bottom of the crockpot and pour one can of vegetable broth over the vegetables. Add grated ginger, cilantro and garlic to the vegetables. Add mushrooms to the vegetables if desired.
2Place the meat on top of the vegetables. You may brown the meat if you wish. I chose not to. Pour 1/2 cup of soy sauce over the meat. Sprinkle the top with 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Sprinkle the Chinese 5 spice powder and the red pepper flakes evenly over the top of the meat, then do the same with the brown sugar. The meat will not be covered with liquid. (Don't wash off the spices or sugar)
Cook on high about 4 hours, and low 1 to 2 hours. Test with meat thermometer. Time will depend on your crockpot and size of the roast. You don't want to overcook the meat. You want it just done enough so it will be firm enough to slice, or it will fall apart. Add the snow peas in the last hour of cooking.
3Fry 14 frozen dumplings (or pot stickers) in a little olive oil and sesame oil until golden brown, add 2/3 cup of water and put the lid on to steam them according to package directions. Set aside.
4Remove the meat to a platter and slice it in thick slices.
5Push the vegetables to the side of the crockpot and carefully put the cooked dumplings in the juices. Handle them carefully so as not to tear them. Then add the sliced pork. Let the dumplings and meat rest in the juices about 10 minutes on low to warm up and absorb the flavors, then serve immediately. Serve the sliced pork with the dumplings, white rice and the vegetables from the crockpot. Garnish with chopped onions.