Baked Pork Chops with Rice

Anytime I visit Hong Kong, I have to get myself some baked pork chops with rice. Besides dimsum and egg waffles, its one of those iconic dishes you can find all over the city. You’ll find it in most restaurants and even in fast convenient restaurants like Cafe de Coral. Like most dishes in Hong Kong, they’re usually an import from Cantonese cuisine or a fusion with western ingredients. Baked pork chops with rice falls in the latter. Its an amazing dish that lets both western and eastern ingredients shine. 

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Why Baked Pork Chops with Rice isn't Merely Baking It

A tender and juicy pork chop on a bed of cheese and tomato sauce served over a bed of rice. Its a simple baked dish that has everything you need in a meal. Its such a simple meal that I hate myself for not trying to make it earlier. Because baked dishes are quite simple themselves. You’re plopping the dish into an oven to bake it, and its done. Baking reminds of making cookies or cakes where pouring mixtures together and placing in the oven means you’re finished. But this baked pork chops with rice is deceptive in that placing a pork chop, tomato sauce, cheese, and rice together to bake would not be bringing justice to this dish. Its all the intermediary steps that includes preparing the key ingredient that is essential to making a dish like this delicious. 

There are many ways to make baked pork chops with rice. Like for example by replacing the white rice with brown rice or by using adding something more rich like rice pilaf. I prefer the approach MaKitchen took to creating their dish. Instead of using regular rice, he added more flavor by making egg fried rice. The mixture of adding just egg to the fried rice gives it an added texture so it doesn’t feel like endless rice. But that’s not all that makes his recipe stand out. He coats the pork chops in an egg and batter combination and then deep fries them. This makes a difference as we all know how frying food adds an extra layer of deliciousness to it. the pork chops retains all the juiciness as the coating keeps it all in. As opposed to grilling, the juices seaps out into the pan. 

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Ma Kitchen's Baked Pork Chops with Rice

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: baked porkchops with rice

Ingredients

Pork Chops

  • 3 whole bone-in pork chops
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 whole eggs

Fried Rice

  • 4 bowls Cooked rice
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 tsp Eggs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce

Sauce

Baking

  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions

Making Pork Chops

  • Score the pork chops - make a cut into the fat every inch
  • Lightly pound/tenderize the pork chop  until its 1/2 inch thick
  • Combine corn starch, salt and pepper
  • Beat 2 eggs for dipping
  • Dip and cover pork chop in cornstarch mixture, followed by the eggs
  • Fry in a pan until crispy and golden brown on both sides

Making the Sauce

  • Cook onions until they soften a bit
  • Add in garlic to cook
  • Then add in the ketchup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and water
  • Finally, add in the tomatoes until they are cooked and sauce thickens

Making Fried Rice

  • Beat 3 eggs and put aside
  • Add in oil to a pan and heat up
  • Add eggs until ~60-70% cooked. Season with salt
  • Then add rice and soysuace; toss/mix and for 1-2 minutes

Prep for Baking

  • Slice pork chops into strips
  • Lay rice into an oven-safe plate followed by pork chops, sauce, and top off with cheese
  • Bake at 450F for 10 minutes.

Layers of Flavor with Every Bite

What I like about this baked pork chops with rice is how flavorful the bed of rice is and how juicy the pork chops stays. Normally, I perfer pork chops with regular rice. This is because the tomato sauce and cheese adds flavor to plain rice. Making it into fried rice makes it better because plain white rice isn’t something I’d want to finish once all the sauce and cheese are gone. Having fried rice as a base means there’s more flavor with every bite. The pork chop is lightly battered that you don’t notice the heaviness like deep fried food. This way you’re still able to enjoy all the pork chop goodness. Its a simple dish that combines together for a complete and delicious meal. 

Score and tenderize the pork chops. Create two separate dips for the pork chops – 1. cornstarch, salt and pepper and 2. beaten eggs

Dip to coat each pork chops in the cornstarch mixture first then followed by the eggs. 

Fry in a pan until both sides are golden brown and set aside.

Cook onions in a pan until they begin to soften then add in garlic. 

Add in ketchup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and water and continue cooking.

Add in the tomatoes and continue cooking until the sauce thickens. Set aside.

Make scrambled eggs in a pan until they are not watery, but not done yet. Add in the white rice and soy sauce to mix together.

baked pork chops with rice

In a baking pan, place the fried rice as the foundation. Place the pork chops from earlier on top and cover with the tomato sauce mixture. Sprinkle cheese all over and bake. 

baked pork chops with rice

Remove from the oven and garnish with scallions. 

baked pork chops with rice

Cut bite-sized pieces and enjoy!

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