Stir-frying is a Chinese cooking technique that uses a small amount of very hot oil in a large, rounded wok pan to prepare a variety of ingredients, making for a healthy and quick dinner that can please the whole family. Almost every stir-fry includes vegetables, and most offer a protein such as beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp. Pork is ideal to incorporate in a stir-fry as it is easy to prepare, cooks up fast and takes on the flavors of recipes beautifully.
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This recipe may have just a few ingredients, but it is packed with lots of flavor—mainly thanks to the Chinese five-spice powder, an aromatic mixture of spices including star anise, Szechwan peppercorns, fennel seeds, cinnamon, and cloves. This seasoning infuses pork with an intense flavor and combines beautifully with the soy sauce and dry sherry.
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This Northern Chinese dish incorporating mushrooms, bamboo, and spring onions has a rich flavor due to the fact that the pork is marinated for 30 minutes in a dry sherry mixture. Add to this a sauce made of chicken broth, soy sauce, Shao-Hsing wine, and sesame oil, and you have a pork stir-fry dish that will taste better than take-out.
Serve this mu shu pork with Mandarin pancakes and hoisin sauce to round it out.
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This dish is milder than Cantonese fried rice as it doesn't include any soy sauce or oyster sauce. Instead, pork combined with shrimp, yellow onion, and peas are simply seasoned with salt and pepper, allowing these ingredients to shine through.
You may also find Yangchow pork fried rice listed on menus in American Chinese restaurants as "house fried rice" or "special fried rice."
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Orange and pork make a perfect marriage in your mouth, and when combined with nutritious bok choy, develop into a beautiful and delicious tasting meal. Adding orange juice to a stir-fry contributes moisture and sweetness to the dish. Unlike many other stir-fry recipes, this one calls for pork chops, which you cube before adding to the wok.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Chop suey is a classic American-made, Chinese-inspired dish that is basically a flavorful vegetable stir-fry with meat added for texture and taste. This chop suey features marinated pork along with plenty of vegetables such as bok choy, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and bell peppers. It is all cooked in a simple starch-thickened sauce of chicken broth and oyster sauce.
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Hoisin sauce is a thick, fragrant, salty sauce that gives food a distinct flavor. It is used as a glaze, in stir-fries, or as a dipping sauce and is usually made of soybeans, fennel seeds, red chilies, garlic, vinegar, Chinese five-spice, and sugar. This Hoisin stir-fry dish pairs pork with snow peas making for a colorful dish with a crispy texture. You can kick up the heat of this dish by adding hot chili paste.
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This Chinese pork recipe is ideal as a side dish or part of a multi-course meal. Peking sauce is a pre-made sauce found in Asian markets, but you can substitute with bean paste if need be. The pork is shredded and marinated in a mixture of Chinese rice wine, dark soy sauce, and cornstarch and then quickly cooked in a hot wok. It is then stir-fried with cabbage in the Peking sauce to make a bright red, flavorful dish.
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Chinese spareribs with black bean sauce is a tasty and simple dish to make at home. Traditionally this dish is made with fermented whole black beans, and while they can be found in any Chinese grocery store, a simple store-bought black bean sauce with garlic makes this dish much easier to cook. The spare ribs are stir-fried in minced ginger and then cooked in a sauce made of black bean sauce, Chinese rice wine, and soy sauce, resulting in a thick coating.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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This Cantonese dish is popular in both America and China, and although the ingredient list and directions may be a bit long, once you taste this dish you will see how it was all worth it. The pork is first marinated and then deep fried in a wok; after the pineapple and vegetables are stir-fried it is all combined with the sweet and sour sauce. Adding a bit of pineapple gives it an extra sweet kick of flavor that most anyone would enjoy.
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In this Szechuan dish, pork is first boiled in a ginger and rice wine liquid and then stir-fried in sweet bean paste and soy sauce along with leek and bell pepper. The bright colors and rich flavors make for a beautiful and delicious dish easy enough for a weeknight but special enough for guests.