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Asian pulled pork buns with carrot, zucchini and radish slaw

Asian Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Carrot, Zucchini and Radish Slaw

Asian pulled pork sandwiches with fresh and punchy carrot, zucchini and radish slaw. Make the pulled pork ahead of time and enjoy all week long!
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: pulled pork
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka


For the pulled pork marinade

  • 125 ml/1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 100 ml/1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 75 ml/1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger chopped
  • 1 head garlic smashed
  • 3 kg/6 lbs pork shoulder trimmed of visible fat

For the carrot, zucchini and radish slaw

  • 1 medium carrot cut in matchsticks
  • 1 small zucchini cut in matchsticks
  • 5-6 radishes cut in matchsticks
  • 2-3 spring onions
  • 1/2 cup/20g cilantro/coriander chopped

For the peanut dressing

  • 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 1 red chilli minced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1/2 lime juice only
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

For the sriracha mayonnaise

  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp sweet red chilli sauce
  • 8-10 buns


For the Asian pulled pork

  • In a large bowl combine all marinade ingredients, then trim the pork shoulder of all visible fat and marinade overnight or at least for 2 hours in a fridge.
  • Preheat the oven to 300F/165C. Place the marinated pork shoulder in a roasting pan and pour the marinade over it. Cover with aluminium foil and cook for 3.5 hours, check every hour and baste with the juices from the bottom of the pan.
  • At the end of the cooking time uncover and cook for 30 minutes longer. The meat should be easily pulled apart by a fork.
  • Shred the pork with two forks directly in the roasting pan and mix the meat with the juices. Cover with aluminum foil and keep warm until ready to assemble the sandwiches.

For the carrot, zucchini and radish slaw

  • Cut carrots, zucchini and radishes in matchsticks using a mandolin or a sharp knife. Mix in a medium-sized bowl together with sliced spring onions and chopped cilantro.
  • In a small bowl combine the dressing ingredients and mix until smooth.

Add the dressing to the slaw right before serving to avoid it becoming too watery.

    For the sriracha mayo

    • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until ready to assemble the buns.

    To assemble the Asian Pulled Pork Buns

    • Split the buns in half and slather with sriracha mayo, pile on Asian pulled pork and carrot, zucchini and radish slaw. Serve immediately.