A Fast, Easy and Delicious Pork Recipe
Pork is one of the most commonly eaten meats worldwide, accounting for almost 40% of meat production globally, although consumption fluctuates far and wide depending on location. According to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, almost 100 million metric tons of pork products were consumed internationally in 2006. The rapid increase in development and disposable income are responsible for the rise in China’s pork consumption.
Stir Fry Tips:
Since a pork stir fry is so quick and easy it is frequently the meal of choice when I find myself in time deficit, or have little culinary imagination. One of the keys to successful stir frying is keeping an array of sauces on hand, plenty of pork cuts in the freezer and a few various and sundry vegetables. As well, you’ll want t be sure to keep soy sauce when you stir fry as it lends a smidgen of complex saltiness to any dish, but is especially appropriate in Asian cooking. In contrast, a spoonful or two of ketchup is just the ticket for a bit of tang and sweetness. Sesame oil, dry sherry, Hoisin sauce and oyster sauce are also stir fry staples.
Just for fun, here is some Pork Trivia
Did you know that the ancient Asians were so reluctant to be estranged from fresh pork products that the deceased were sometimes escorted to the afterlife by their favorite pig herds?
2 lbs lean boneless pork
2 thin slices of peeled ginger root
10-12 spring onions
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoon cooking sherry
2 tablespoon soy sauce
11/2 tablespoon cornstarch
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Cooking Directions for Asian Pork Stir fry:
Slice pork into thin (1”x2”) pieces. Finely chop ginger root. Cut 3 spring onions diagonally into 2” long pieces. Use the entire spring onion. Combine ginger root, onion and pork and add sugar, salt, pepper, sesame oil, sherry, soy sauce and cornstarch. Mix well. Chop remaining spring onions and set aside. Heat peanut oil in large, heavy skillet until smoking. Pour in the pork mixture. Cook and stir over high heat for 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and retain oil. Put remaining onions in oil and cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until wilted. Return the meat to the skillet and cook all together for an additional minute. Serve over rice if desired.
Makes 4 servings.