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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Spicy Pork and Asparagus Stir Fry



Spicy Pork and Asparagus Stir Fry
adapted from Bon Appetit

Ingredients

2 tablespoons + 1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons xiaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine) (can sub dry sherry)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/4 pounds ground pork (I grind my own, but packaged is fine!)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 pound asparagus spears, ends trimmed, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces - tips reserved in a separate small bowl
2 tablespoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chile garlic sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon honey
4 scallions, sliced
1/2 cup water (or as needed)

Method

Whisk 2 tablespoons soy sauce, Shaoxing and cornstarch in medium bowl. Add pork and mix lightly to blend.

Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in heavy large wok (or deep skillet) over high heat. Add asparagus (without tips), chile sauce, ginger and garlic. Toss until asparagus is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer asparagus mixture to plate and set aside.

Add pork mixture to the wok and stir-fry until browned, using spoon to break up pork into small pieces, about 4 minutes. Return asparagus mixture to wok, along with the asparagus tips, remaining 1/4 cup soy sauce, oyster sauce, and honey. Stir-fry until pork is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Add scallions and toss to incorporate. Add up to an additional 1/2 cup water for more sauce, if desired.

Serve over Jasmine rice with chile garlic sauce on the side.


NOTES

I knew when I saw Sarah post this that it would make an appearance on my blog. This is right up my alley - moderately spicy, slightly sweet, with the beautiful combination of sesame oil, ginger and scallions to bring it all together. And you know what? It was twice as good as I thought it would be. Spectacular, even. I need to hurry up and make it again while asparagus is still in season.

7 comments:

The Home Cook said...

Looks great! I love that you grind your own pork. :)

Amy said...

Before I got to the cooking notes, I was thinking, "Oh yum. This is right up my alley." Hee hee. Printing. Totally making it next week. Maybe even this week...

Melissa said...

Amy, it definitely is! Make it at least before the asparagus is gone...

Sarah, thank you for posting it so we could enjoy it over here. I get BA, but somehow I missed this one myself. So good!

Rebecca said...

Hubba hubba. I'm so making this.

Melissa said...

Hubba hubba is kinda right, Bec. My kitchen still smelled faintly of sesame oil this morning. Dreamy.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

I love stir fry! Yours looks so delicious and full of flavor. You have a lovely blog and I’m so glad to have found it! Thanks for sharing this recipe. :) I'm going to check out more of what you've got now!

Melissa said...

Thanks, Georgia!