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One of Manado's classic.
Rica literally means chili, or spicy (hot). This dish focuses only on the hotness. It will be also slightly acidic, from the lemongrass and the kaffir lime leaves.

It takes a while to cook it (about 2 hours) so I make it only once in a while. Normally I would make this for a special occasion, birthday party or christmas dinner or fancy things where a lot of people would enjoy it because it is such a crowd favorite! If you make this, a lot of people will be impressed ;)

Posted by olivia g. from Delft, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands • Published See olivia g.'s 7 projects »
  • Step 1

    Marinate the pork with the lime juice and salt. Let sit for 20 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Put all ingredients B in food processor and process until it's a smooth paste.

    Sauté the chili paste in the pan on a medium heat, add ingredients C. Cook for 5 minutes until aromatic.

  • Step 3

    Add the marinated pork to the pan, mix and coat the the pork with the chili sauce. Let cook for 10 minutes with a lid on and low heat to extract the juices from the pork.

  • Step 4

    The cooking process will take about 1hr to 1hr45, in the meantime add the water 250 ml at a time over medium low heat with a lid on. When you're on your last bit of water, let cook until the sauce reduces and thickens. At this time you should start to see the nice red color coating on the spicy pork.

  • Step 5

    Add the diced tomato and cook further for 5 minutes. Garnish with spring onions. And you are done!
    Best serve, always with warm rice! :)

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