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Dinner Tonight: Chinese Pulled Pork Sandwiches + Roasted Carrot Soup

March  4, 2013

We'll come right out and say it: there are a lot of words in the titles of these recipes that make them sound fussy. But we promise, you can do it. The payoff! Oh, the payoff. A creamy carrot soup, golden and comforting. A hearty treat of a sandwich, rich but lightened by vvvanessa's brillant addition of a crunchy kale slaw. Yes, this one takes a bit longer than the usual hour we aim for at Dinner Tonight HQ, but you'll have leftovers galore, and ones that you'll actually want to eat! 

The Menu

Click through on the recipe photos or titles to see (and save and print) the full recipes, but we've also written you a handy grocery list and game plan below.

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Roasted Carrot Soup by Reeve


Chinese Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Kale and Apple Slaw by vvvanessa

The Grocery List

Serves 4 generously

2 1/2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs (or boneless pork shoulder/butt, cut into large cubes)
Fresh ginger
Star anise
Dried shiitake mushrooms (pre-sliced)
White or yellow miso paste
1 bunch Tuscan/dinosaur/lacinato kale
8 to 10 carrots
4 sturdy, good-quality hamburger buns, Kaiser or potato rolls, or ciabatta rolls

We assume you have soy sauce, white wine or mirin, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, onions, garlic, apple, salt, black pepper, white pepper, stock, and thyme in your super well-stocked kitchen. If not, you'll be needing those, too. 

The Plan

1. This menu plans itself, really. The pulled pork needs a good two-hour braise, there's just no way around it, and vvvanessa suggests giving the kale slaw at least an hour (ideally more) to sit in its dressing. Long story short, begin with the pork. 

2. As soon as the pork is braising, whip up the kale salad. Set aside to become delicious.

3. Focus your attentions on the soup. You'll be using all of your wintriest cooking techniques tonight -- braise the pork! Broil the carrots! 

4. After 15 to 20 minutes, pull the carrots and finish the soup. Set aside to be warmed up when the sandwiches are closer to being done. Now you get to rest! Or work on homework, or have a cocktail, or catch up on your beauty sleep. 

5. When the pulled pork is done, layer it with the kale slaw into sandwiches, and serve alongside a bowl of that lovely carrot soup. Dig in! 


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Miranda is a writer and editor in Portland, OR. She has a sweet, curious toddler, and is passionate about all of the usual things like farmers markets, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and swimming in the sea. She hates leaf blowers and writing in the third person. Until recently, she owned and operated a small jam company, as is typical for a Portland-based millennial like herself.


DBolton March 4, 2013
I happened to see this dinner menu combination this morning, and was seized by the desire to make it immediately. Your promises were good; this was an absolutely delicious set of recipes. I quite loved the soup (and I hate carrot soup!) but it was the pulled pork with kale slaw that I fell for the hardest. What a fabulous pairing. Clearly I will need to check in with your "Dinner Tonight" feature more often!
Amanda H. March 4, 2013
Thanks for the feedback and nice comment. Go Miranda!