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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pipian Sauce


1 1- to 1 1/4-pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch-thick medallions
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/4 cup peanuts (1 1/2 ounces)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (1 1/2 ounces)
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups water
12 ounces tomatillo,* husked
2 teaspoons coarsely chopped seeded jalapeño chili
1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 1/2 cups torn romaine leaves
1 1/4 cups low-salt chicken broth
3 radishes, trimmed, chopped


Place pork between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Pound to 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover; chill.)

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add next 5 ingredients. Sauté until seeds are lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Set aside.

Place 4 cups water, tomatillos, and jalapeño in small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until tomatillos are soft and olive-green color, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Transfer tomatillos, jalapeño, reserved 1/4 cup liquid, cilantro, lettuce, broth, radishes, and seed mixture to blender. Blend sauce until smooth, stopping occasionally to push down ingredients.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add sauce; cook until thickened, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Divide among 4 plates. Stir sauce over medium heat until heated through. Spoon sauce over pork.


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Due to the popularity of wagyu/kobe beef in United States and Europe, its make people try to duplicate the beef. They crossbred the domestically-raised wagyu with Angus cattle. They also apply some of Kobe traditiosn, like fed their cattle with beer and massaged with sake. However, there's still differences between the original Kobe beef and "Kobe style" beef. Some said that the "Kobe style" beef have darker meat and a bolder flavor.