Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pork in Hoisin Sauce

I had this dish in one of the authentic Chinese restaurant in Memphis 10+ years ago.  They prepared it without the carrot, just the pork and fresh scallion and it was simply divine.  I tried to recreate it here and it was not bad too.  Except my girls won't eat the fresh scallion as predicted.  I knew they won't eat it so I added the carrots, well at least they will have a little vegetable in their diet.  Of course I cooked another veggie dish to go with this.  In my house, there will always be a veggie dish, in fact, I prefer more veggie in a meal.  My veggie dish will only be veggie but my meat/seafood dish will be paired with veggie as well. 

Try this easy dish for yourself.  Just a few ingredients with sauce you have at home.  Preparing dinner doesn't have to be difficult and a delicious and healthy meal will be your reward.  I am someone who will prefer Chinese food (no butter, heavy cream, and cheeses) over American food because it scream healthier to me. I guess it still fall on what you order on your plate.  Even in Chinese food, if you order crabs, lobsters, prawns, squids, coconut laden curry or dessert, fried food, beef and pork dishes all the times, you will end out with high cholesterol too.  I know in Chinese culture, when you eat out, you are obligated to order a variety of seafood and expensive items, as it to show your social status or whatever.  But I think we should eat for our health first and indulge only on Chinese New Year or special occasions.  Order healthier food actually cost less on your wallet too.
 

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 boneless pork chops, cut off any visible fat, cut into thin strips and marinate with hoisin sauce, sesame oil, white pepper and cornstarch
  • 3 scallions, shredded
  • 1/2 carrot, julienne (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. Hoisin Sauce
  • Salt, just a touch
  • Sugar, just a touch

Method:

1.  Wash the scallions and shredded it like above picture.  Lay some on the plate and set aside some to place on top of the cooked hoisin pork.

2.  Heat up your wok, when heated, add in some oil.  Add in pork and stir-fry until no longer pink.  Add in carrot and stir-fry well.  Season with hoisin sauce, salt and a little sugar.

3.  Place on top of the bed of scallions.  Decorate with more scallion on top.  Mix well and eat the pork with pieces of fresh scallion.  Serve with rice.

11 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...

again you caught us with your awesome delicious dish, it is my fabourite dish too! lovely! :)

Joy said...

This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

look simple and delicious !

tigerfish said...

A lot of fresh scallions on your pork! I also love veggies in my meal :)

Foodessa said...

I love any Asian dish enhanced with that sweet Hoisin. I am a little surprised at the need for adding even more sugar. Well, it is your recipe...you know best ;o)
Just to give you an LOL moment...One night I was kind of sneaking something out of the fridge...and guess what came crashing down off the shelf. Yep...a nice big gooey sticky glass jar all over my kitchen floor. I'll spare you the rest...let your imagination fly with it.
Thanks for sharing your recipe and flavourful wishes, Claudia

Mochachocolata Rita said...

yummm i love hoisin sauce on anything :D

Little Corner of Mine said...

Really BBOven, thanks!

You're welcome Joy.

Thanks Sonia.

Yes Tigerfish, eating scallion is good for us mah...LOL!

Foodessa, I know hoisin sauce is sweet in itself, but the touch of salt and sugar here worked as the base taste to bring out the overall flavor. :)

Thanks Rita.

Food For Tots said...

You're such a great cook who always plans healthy meals for your family. Your hoisin dish looks so delicious! I must try it out too. ;)

lilyng said...

delicious!!

Elena said...

Can you tell me how to get rid of the 'stinky/fishy' (腥) smell from the meat? I tried marinade or boil but once it's cooked, the smell is still there. Do you think brining will help? When I cook a curry dish, my husband won't touch the chicken but finish all the potatoes. :-(

Little Corner of Mine said...

Elena, I don't know why your 腥味 so strong. But I know a trick to get rid of the 腥味 from watching the Chinese cooking show. They use, cooking wine, white pepper, ginger, scallion to get rid of the 腥味. So, you can marinate your pork/ chicken with cooking wine, white pepper, salt and add in sliced ginger and scallion and use your hand to rub it in. And then let it marinate for a little while. You can take out the ginger and scallion before using in any of your stir-frying dishes. You can also add a little sesame oil to 提香. But I won't suggest you to marinate your chicken this way if you want to cook it in curry. Just marinate the chicken with the curry powder first, so that the chicken will be infuse with the curry smell. Good luck and feedback to me how it goes.