The weather here in the middle of the desert is changing. Our overnight lows have crept down to the 30’s if you can believe that. Since moving here to the mainland from Hawaii and experiencing what real cold is like, I want comfort food, my kind of comfort food.
Auntie’s Pork & Veggie Stir Fry
½ lb. Pork, thinly sliced
1 C. Snow Pea, trimmed & cut into bit sized pieces
½ C. Sweet Red (or any other color you like) Bell Pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
¼ C. Sweet White Onion, thinly sliced
2 stalks Green Onion, thinly sliced, separating the white and green parts
4-5 dried Shitake Mushrooms, following package directions to re-constitute and then sliced thin
1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil (anything but Olive Oil really)
1 tsp. Corn Starch
1 tsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce)
1 tsp. minced Garlic
1 tsp. grated Ginger
¼ tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. White Pepper
Stir Fry Sauce:
½ C. Stock or Broth, either Chicken or Pork or Vegetable its up to you
1 Tbsp. Sake
1 Tbsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce)
1 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce
1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
Cornstarch Slurry, to your liking (I like a thinner sauce, so I only use about 1 tsp and see how I like it)
I start by getting everything prepped, Stir Fry moves fast.
I use a measuring cup to mix up the sauce; add the Stock/Broth first, next the other wet stuff and stir well. In a small bowl, start with 1 tsp. of the Cornstarch and add just enough water to make a slurry, set aside.
Combine the Pork with that other teaspoon of Cornstarch and Shoyu.
Heat a large pan over medium-high with the oil. Once you see wisps of smoke, it’s hot, let’s go!
Add the Pork mixture to that hot pan and stir it around until there’s no more pink to the meat. Add in the White Onions and stir some more until they’re translucent. Next goes in the Red Peppers, Snow Peas, Mushrooms and the white part of the Green Onions; stir. Now toss in the Garlic and Ginger and cook until they’re fragrant. Pour in that sauce that you combined earlier in the measuring cup, along with the S&P and stir to combine everything. Cover and reduce the heat to med-low to let the Snow Peas steam for, oh, maybe 2 minutes, we like crisp-tender veggies.
Lastly, give that Cornstarch slurry a stir and add that to the pot, you got it, stirring again!
How’s it look?
Add more slurry to your liking.
Too thick, add some Stock/Broth or even water.
Sprinkle those thinly sliced Green Onion tops over it and serve warm over noodles or rice or even by itself … we went for Chow Mein noodles. Now that’s comfort food for us! And how gorgeous does that look?
As always, remember, a recipe is simply someone’s idea, you take it and make it yours. Add or delete what your household likes. Try this with diced Chicken or any other vegetables you like; heh, why not go totally Veggie?