Poached Kurobuta tenderloin with pickled plum, shiitake mushrooms and potatoes

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Poached Kurobuta tenderloin with pickled plum, shiitake mushrooms and potatoes
(Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

In a large stockpot, heat 1 gallon of water to barely simmering, 170 degrees. It’s important not to let the water exceed a bare simmer at any time -- it should resemble steamy bathwater, with no bubbles breaking the surface. Add cold water or adjust the flame to maintain the proper heat.


In another pot, boil the potatoes in salted water until knife tender. Peel and set aside.


Remove the plum meat from the seeds of the umeboshi. Discard the seeds. Chop the umeboshi to a paste consistency.


Lay the tenderloin on a piece of plastic wrap about 18 inches long. Rub the meat with the cracked black pepper. After the meat is peppered, rub the umeboshi paste on all sides of the tenderloin. Tightly roll the tenderloin up in the plastic wrap. Twist the ends of the plastic-wrap roll and tie off each end with string or twist ties.


Cook the tenderloin in the 170-degree water until the meat is firm to the touch, about 15 to 16 minutes. Remove the meat from the water and let it rest for 2 minutes. Snip one end of the roll and remove the plastic wrap. Slice the tenderloin roll into


1-inch pieces and set aside.


Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet. Add the mushrooms and cook just until soft. Season with pepper and salt. Remove the pan from the heat and add the Madeira. Reduce until the liquid is almost gone, then add the cream. Cook until it thickens slightly.


In another skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add the peeled potatoes and salt and pepper to taste.


To serve, place the shiitake mushroom slices in the middle of each plate. Place two slices of pork on the mushrooms and arrange the potatoes on the side.

From chef Troy N. Thompson of Jer-ne Restaurant + Bar, Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. Umeboshi are Japanese pickled plums, available in Asian markets. You can substitute a boneless loin for the tenderloin; just slice it in half lengthwise and wrap each half as below. The cooking time will be 6 to 7 minutes longer.

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