Global Recipe: Jan's Fried Bread

Jan’s Fried Bread with Minced Pork Spread

This traditional Thai appetizer tends to be popular with children.



Serves 4-5 and takes 30 minutes to prepare

Ingredients for the Fried Bread:

5 slices of bread.

2T of minced cilantro, garlic and a dash of black pepper.

1 T. soy sauce

½ lb ground pork (can substitute ground chicken)

2 T. of cornstarch

1 Egg

Cilantro leaves for garnish.

Vegetable or canola oil for frying.


Ingredients for the sauce:

5T sugar

5T white vinegar

½ t. salt

2T diced cucumber

2T diced red onion

1T diced red bell pepper



  1. Cut the bread slices into fourths. Place the bread on a tray and toast in the over for 10 minutes at 300F.

  2. Make the Sauce. Combine the sugar, salt and vinegar in a small sauce pan and place on medium heat. Cook until the sauce thickens and the vinegar smell is gone.  Pour the sauce into a bowl and let it cool. Add the diced vegetables, stir together and set to the side.

  3. Mix the ground pork/chicken with the minced cilantro, garlic and pepper.  Add the corn starch, soy sauce and egg.  Mix well with a spatula or your hands.  Place the meat mixture on the toasted bread and garnish with cilantro.

  4. Place oil in the fying pan on medium to low heat.  Place the meat/bread pieces in the oil with the meat side down in the pan.  Cook the meat until Golden Brown. Flip the bread and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes once the meat is cooked. Be careful not to burn the bread.  Once cooked place on a plate that has a paper towel to absorb extra oil.  Done. It is ready to be served with the sauce. Enjoy!