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Chinese-style pulled pork with five-spice sauce & slaw

Oriental spices turn slow-roasted pork into something really special


Serves 4

FREEZABLE (pork only)

Ready in about 3 hours 30 minutes

6 onions, halved or quartered

1 bulb of garlic, cloves separated and peeled

5cm piece fresh root ginger, sliced

2 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

2 tsp Chinese five-spice

1.5kg lean shoulder of pork, visible fat removed

150ml light soy sauce

For the slaw:

1 large carrot, peeled and finely shredded

1 cucumber, finely shredded

1 red onion, finely sliced

½ small green cabbage, finely shredded

Juice of 2 lemons

For the sauce:

400g passata

150ml oyster sauce

1-2 tsp Chinese five-spice

1 Preheat your oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/gas 3. Place the onions, garlic, ginger, star anise and cinnamon stick in a single layer on the base of a non-stick roasting tin. Rub the five-spice all over the pork, season and place on top of the onions.

2 Pour the soy sauce around the pork, then cover the tin with baking paper and then foil. Roast for 2½ hours. Remove the foil and paper, and roast for a further 45 minutes.

3 Meanwhile, make the slaw. Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. Season and chill until ready to serve.

4 For the sauce, put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring often, until thickened and glossy. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

5 Discard the onions, garlic and spices and ‘pull’ the pork by placing a fork in the shoulder and shredding the meat into small pieces with another fork. Pile the pork onto a platter. Serve with the sauce and slaw.

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Welcome to the May/June issue of Slimming World magazine – your complete guide to slimming success! Featuring amazing real-life transformations, new twists on the nation’s favourite recipes, and expert advice to keep your slimming campaign on track. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s… this issue’s star slimmers span every decade. Discover how 28-year-old cover star Elena made weight loss work as a busy mum; meet Woman of the Year Hollie, 8st 6lbs lighter at 30; see how keen cyclist Karl lost nearly 8st at 50; then celebrate 10 years at target with Pauline, 67, and find out what she’s learned along the way. As one of the secrets of losing that lasts is falling in love with food, we asked readers to share their best-loved dishes, so we could make them even more delicious. We can’t wait for you to try them! Is a better love life high on your wish list, too? Then don’t miss our guide to firing up your libido: the best news is you don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight to reignite passion between the sheets… Plus: a brilliant bank holiday menu plan; a clever commitment-boosting quiz, and 10 ways to get fit for free. Here’s to the exciting next chapter on your journey to slim