Monday, November 29, 2010

Pork Stir Fry

1 pkg thin cut pork loin chops - trim away all fat and slice into tiny strips
1/2 Onion sliced into thin half moons
2 sm zucchini sliced into thin half moons
1 Red Pepper in bite sized strips
1 sm can water chestnuts, chopped

1 Cup rice - make whatever kind you like.

SAUCE:  The sauce here is key and you can use that Kikoman Baste & Glaze (or whatever) if you want - or you can make your own.  Whatever works for you.  I don't have measurements for this because I stand at the stove and toss it in and taste it, adjusting as I go - so if you make your own sauce, I suggest you do what works for you.  Any of these ingredients can be increased, decreased or omitted at your convenience.  All amounts are guesses based on experience.

3 TB Soy Sauce
3 TB honey (or brown sugar)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

Heat skillet with some canola oil (a TB or so) until shimmering and HOT.  Put in the pork and stir fry - do NOT crowd the pan.  It's okay to do this in batches but if the pan cools off too much you won't get a crispy, caramelized glaze on the pork.  Cook until the moisture has released from the pork and then continue until it's tightened up into a nice, brown color on your pork.

As soon as the pork is browned and yummy looking, pull it out and set aside.  To the hot pan, add 1/2 TB more oil and then the onion.  Saute for 1 min then add the rest of the veggies.  If you like (but it's not critical) you can add additional garlic & ginger now as well).

Keep stirring the veggies until they are brightly colored and crisp/tender.  Add in the sauce and use it to scoop up any browned bits on the bottom.  Saute another 30 seconds then add back the meat (and any accumulated juices) and saute another minute or two - just to get everything melded together.
If you like your sauce a bit thicker, you can stir a tsp of cornstarch into a TB of cold water and add that to the pan.  It will thicken up nicely and very quickly. 

Serve over the rice.  I like to sprinkle on some toasted sesame seeds at the end - but not critical.  Bob likes chopped green onions too.

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