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1 tbspvegetable oil3red shallots, thinly sliced2garlic cloves, finely chopped1-2small red chillies, finely chopped500 gmminced lean pork60 ml(¼ cup) each kecap manis and soy sauce2 tspbrown sugar2 tsprice vinegar1½ cups each(loosely packed) Vietnamese mint, coriander sprigs and Thai basil1green onion, thinly sliced diagonally, placed in cold waterWatermelon pickle300 gmseedless watermelon, diced60 ml(¼ cup) rice vinegar60 ml(¼ cup) fish sauce40 gmpalm sugar2red shallots, thinly sliced60 ml(¼ cup) lime juice
For watermelon pickle, place half the watermelon in a heatproof bowl. Combine rice vinegar, fish sauce, palm sugar and shallot in a saucepan, season to taste with freshly ground white pepper and stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, remove from heat, pour over watermelon in bowl and stand for 5 minutes. Remove watermelon from pickling liquid with a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl. Add lime juice to pickling liquid and set aside separately in refrigerator.
Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add shallot, garlic and chilli and stir frequently until shallot is golden and starting to crisp (2-3 minutes). Add pork and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon to break up clumps until brown (3-5 minutes). Add kecap manis, soy sauce and sugar and cook until sticky and sauce is reduced to a glaze (1-2 minutes). Season to taste with sea salt, freshly ground white pepper and rice vinegar, then scatter over a large serving plate.
Combine herbs, drained green onion, reserved watermelon pickle and remaining watermelon in a bowl. Drizzle with a little pickling liquid, toss lightly to combine, scatter over pork and serve immediately.