Spicy Char-grilled Meat (Haku Chuya-la)

Updated: Mar 8

Serves: 4-6


2-pound pork shoulder

1 bunch scallions, cut on the bias into ¼ inch pieces

4 inches ginger, grated into juice

2 whole roma tomatoes

6 cloves garlic

8 whole chiles de Arbol

4 whole New Mexico chilies

1 cup boiling water

4 tablespoons mustard oil or canola oil

1/4 cup cilantro leaves and stems, finely chopped

1 teaspoon cumin, ground

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seed (optional)


1) Cut pork shoulder into slices about 11/2- inch wide and 4-6 inches long. Grill meat over high heat, turning until there are grill marks on all sides, and the meat is cooked through. Adjust flame as needed. Cut meat into 2 inch cubes. (Meat can also be cubed ahead of time and cooked on skewers if desired).

2) Place in a bowl with ginger juice and 2 teaspoons of salt. Mix thoroughly and marinate for 10 minutes, covered with plastic wrap.

3) On a hot grill, place tomatoes cook it until charred on all sides. Let it cool and remove skin. Quick roast all the chilies and garlic over flame. Do not allow it to burn. Submerge in boiling water until soft. Remove chiles from water and place in blender with tomatoes and garlic. Blend until smooth, adding water for consistency if necessary, up to ¼ cup.

4) Combine meat with chili mixture, scallions, cilantro, cumin and salt. Mix well with your hands.

5) Heat a sauté pan over high heat. Add oil, when the oil is shimmering add fenugreek seed. Reduce the heat, cook until dark. Pour it into the meat and mix it. Adjust salt as needed. Marinate for 1/2 hour. Serve cold.

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