Milk-Braised Pork Board recipe is from Big Boards and More cookbook. Tamarind and Lemongrass Pork is served on a board with rice and toppings.

Milk-Braised Pork Board with rice and toppings

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Friends, today is launch day for our new cookbook! This board features one of my absolute favorite recipes from my new book, Reluctant Entertainer’s Big Boards and More, Tamarind and Lemongrass Milk-Braised Pork–served on The Big Board. It’s so hearty, comforting, and good for Fall. You can halve the recipe or make it for a crowd!

a serving of Milk-Braised Pork

Why we love this Milk-Braised Pork recipe

The pork shoulder is braised in tart tamarind paste, sweet honey, a myriad of aromatics, and a secret ingredient: whole milk. The final result is decadently juicy braised pork, with bold flavor. Although it is a Southeast Asian-inspired recipe, it is SO good in burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and even grilled cheeses.

You can serve this in a Dutch oven (with a side of rice), or serve it on the board. You may also want to try our BBQ Pork Slider Board if you love pork!

Here’s the gorgeous recipe in our new cookbook!

pork braised in milk

Tamarind and Lemongrass Milk-Braised Pork Board

On this board, I threw together all of my favorite fixings to make rice bowls. Rice acts as the foundation of the bowls, the fresh fruits and veggies add crunch and freshness to the rich pork, pickled red onion and sweet chili sauce add some heat and brightness, and herbs add a much needed earthiness to the mix.

bowl of Milk-Braised Pork

Gather these ingredients:

  • Tamarind and Lemongrass Milk-Braised Pork (or another braised meat dish) recipe, here.
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Carrots
  • Pickled red onion
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Persian cucumbers
  • Avocado
  • Fresno chilies (or baby bell peppers)
  • Tomatoes
  • Lime
  • Red cabbage
  • Cilantro
  • Kiwis

Milk-Braised Pork Board with toppings

Toppings and chopsticks

It’s all about the toppings! Set out the toppings right on the board. Optional to serve with chopsticks (or on the side with forks, bowls, etc:) The beauty of boards is that you can make them your own, and arrange them in whatever style you want.





dutch oven of Milk-Braised Pork

How do you make a Milk-Braised Pork Board

I love the art of putting together a board, making sure I have a variety of ingredients to fill it out, however, you never have to fill every space on the board to use it!

  1. Make ahead the pork recipe.
  2. While simmering on the stove, make the white rice.
  3. Assemble the toppings on the board, leaving room for a hot pad and the large pot of Milk Braised Pork.


round Milk-Braised Pork Board

Tips and substitutions:

  • Trader Joe’s is great for buying three minute, frozen rice (white and brown). It’s great to keep in the freezer and microwave for when I need to put dinner together quickly.
  • Some other ideas for ingredients to swap out or add to the board are shishito peppers, bok choy, green cabbage, and cauliflower, pickled daikon, kimchi, and peanut sauce.
  • When serving the pork on the board, keep the lid on the hot dutch oven until right before serving. 
  • Remove the lid right before ready to dig in!

Milk-Braised Pork with jasmine rice

How do you serve a board with milk braised pork?

Remember, when assembling the board, always use a hot pad under the baking dish.

Using a heavy bottom baking dish keeps the meat warm as guests fix their plates.

Milk-Braised Pork Board

More dinner boards to try:

Chicken Tostada Dinner Board

Turkey Tetrazzini Dinner Board

Ham Holiday Dinner Board

Grab our new cookbook, here, and happy board-building!

Lastly, serve this Pear Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce with this dinner, and you’ve got a great meal for company!


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Milk-Braised Pork Board

Milk-Braised Pork recipe is from our cookbook, Big Boards and More. Tamarind and Lemongrass Pork is served on a board with rice and toppings. Serve on the 26-inch big board
Prep Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 8 cups Tamarind and Lemongrass Milk Braised Pork, or another braised meat dish
  • 4 cups Jasmine Rice
  • ½ cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 large carrots, shaved or julienned
  • cup pickled red onion
  • 4 servings cooked broccoli
  • 2 Persian cucumbers
  • 1 avocado, sliced (and drizzled with lime juice to prevent browning)
  • 4 Fresno chilies, or baby bell peppers, sliced
  • 4 tomatoes on the vine, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 3-4 c shaven purple cabbage, thinly shaved
  • Cilantro and mint to garnish
  • 4 kiwis, sliced


  • Make the Milk Braised Pork recipe (recipe in our new cookbook). While simmering on the stove, make the white rice.
  • Assemble the toppings on the board, leaving room for a hot pad and the large pot of Milk Braised Pork.
  • Serve the board with bowls and chopsticks.
Cuisine: Thai
Course: Main Course
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a Milk-Braised Pork Board with toppings