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Chilled Aromatic Earl Grey Pork Loin

tender christmas earl grey pork loin
It was at an office party on X’mas Eve years ago. My ex-boss, who is a Japanese, treated us with this Earl Grey Pork Loin that he’d made himself. I was totally impressed and had requested for the recipe.

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The recipe, which was scribbled on paper with pencil, is like a keepsake. OMG, it’s already 12 years old!! Can’t believe I’ve kept the recipe for so long.

I’ve since made some changes to the original recipe, like cutting the cooking time from 40 mins to just 15 mins and adding the technique of brining to make the pork tender etc.

Brining is a process adopted by a lot of professional cooks, in which meat is soaked in brine before cooking. The method involves adding salt, sugar, and water to improve the texture and flavor in meat. Brining captures and holds moisture in meat, thus making it juicier and more tender.

I'm so honoured that this recipe has been featured @ 3 popular websites:

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Featured @ OpenRice S'pore, together with my
Hot and Juicy Baked Cheesy Bacon Scallops!

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This recipe is featured @ PtitChef as
'Main Course of the Day!'

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Spotted @ Tasting Spot

It’s always a delight eating these tender slices of pork, filled with the scented Earl Grey, sitting on a bed of Wild Rocket Mix Salad with Balsamic Vinegar dressing. This time, I’ve paired the pork with Wafu Spaghetti In Colourful Capscium Cups @ Merry X’mas With Love From Singapore!
christmas earl grey pork loin with wafu spaghetti recipes

(Serves 5)
600g Pork loin
5 Earl Grey tea bags
1 tbsp Vinegar
2 tsp Soya sauce
½ tbsp Mirin (Japanese rice wine)
½ tbsp White wine
½ lit Water
Wild Rocket Mix for base
Balsamic Vinegar for dressing

3 Earl Grey tea bags
3 tbsp Salt
5 tbsp Sugar
½ lit Water

  1. Pour warm water to brining ingredients. Cool to room temperature and remove tea bags.
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  3. Transfer to a sealable container and put in pork. Cover and refrigerate for about 4hrs.
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  5. Bring water to boil and add fresh tea bags to make a tea. Remove pork from brine and add into tea. Simmer for 15mins.
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  7. Transfer to a sealable container. Add vinegar, soya sauce, mirin and mix well. When container is cool, refrigerate again for another 4 hours.
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  9. Remove pork and slice it just before serving. Serve your tender Earl Grey Pork chilled and try pairing them with these Wafu Spaghetti In Colourful Capscium Cups.
christmas earl grey pork loin with wafu spaghetti
Earl Grey lovers! If you prefer chicken, why not check out another of my Earl Grey Recipe: Fragrant Tea-Smoked Chicken, which I’d made on Valentine’s Day.


  1. hi Shirley,

    i'm not a pork eater, but hubby and kiddies are. i'll bet they'd enjoy this recipe. love your presentation. if i make this, i think i'd have to make the fragrant tea-smoked chicken for myself. thank you for the alternative suggestion. hope you're having a great start to 2011!

  2. You really impressed me. How could some one have keep safe a scripple piece of paper for that long. Lol. But glad that u did, otherwise, we would have miss this unique dish.

  3. earl grey is my favourite! ... this sounds really refreshing and fragrant ... bet the meat is really lovely too

  4. Ha ha, how did you manage to decipher that recipe after so long? Brining and teabags is new to me, do u think it would work for chicken?

  5. This sounds like an incredible preparation of pork tenderloin, such terrific flavors with earl grey tea, wow!

  6. Lequan, I'm sure u'll like the Tea-smoked Chix too :)

    Simply Life, thks & have a good weekend!

    Doris, I'm a sentimental person. Hahaha!

    Ian, looks like we've another in common.

    Shirley, bet u're impressed too ah?? It works on meat & seafood too. People apply brining to Turkey especially.

    Natasha, thks for such a sweet comment!

  7. Shirley, I'm already smelling the Earl Grey scent from my home. Hahaha! Oh, I've followed your Tea Smoked Chicken recipe diligently & tried it sometime ago. It was an instant hit! Thanks to you I'm now remembered for this!

  8. Babel, oh u did? Thks for the feedback & I'm glad it was a success :)

  9. Love the food! You’re amazing. This menu is fantastic:) It sure will help everyone who’s looking for a perfect menu like this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  10. Charley, I'm delighted that u like this recipe. Thks for visiting! Will chk u out soon :)


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