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Magic Food Power Combinations

There are some food combinations that become more than the sum of their parts. Combining these ingredients leads to a transcendent food item. Most of you are probably thinking of peanut and jelly as an example. That’s certainly a good example, but here’s an obvious one that people will probably skip over: Bread. Bread is delicious. Bread is life. At its core, bread is just water and flour. I’d recommend salt, too, for flavor, but these are the only ingredients a baker will need to incorporate. Yeast is also necessary, of course, but assuming we were living in ancient Egypt or whatever, we could easily make a starter using more flour and water and letting it sit out for a while. Anyways, this is completely tangential to the point I was trying to make: I’ve found another power combo.

I bought this sauce at the grocery store the other day – it’s called Chaka’s MMM sauce. It was on sale, so I figured I’d try it out. I put it on some pork chops and let it marinate overnight. The next day, I pan fried it for lunch. I gobbled that shit up – it was delicious! The fatty part of the pork in particular had this distinct umami taste. I realized it reminded me of the pork chops my mom would cook, but her marinade only kind of overlapped with the Chaka sauce. The ingredient list for the Chaka sauce is only like 5 or 6 ingredients long, so it couldn’t be that hard to distinguish the thread that linked the two marinades. I’m 90% sure the ingredient is soy sauce. Sounds simple, but I guarantee if you buy a cut of fatty pork, marinate it in some soy sauce over night, season it with salt and pepper and pan fry it, you’ll be surprised at the depth of flavor that the fat will pick up. It’s impressive, really.

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