Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Pork with ginger and spring onion 姜葱猪肉

Beef or pork with ginger and spring onion (姜葱猪肉) is a dish that I cook quite frequently at home. It is quick to cook and the savoury gravy is lovely drizzled over plain rice. I normally cook this dish with beef but depending on the quality of the meat I happen to find on the day, any supermarket promotion going on, or whether we've had beef overload during the week, I would also cook this with pork.

The key to tender and succulent pork or beef in this dish is to marinate the thin slices of meat. At least an hour but overnight is best. Quick stir frying is also essential to seal in the juices without drying out the meat. I love making this dish on weekdays. All I need to do is marinade the meat the night before or in the morning, and then it is minutes from the fridge to the dining table. I sometimes add sliced mushrooms to the dish since we're always looking for an excuse to eat more mushrooms.

Pork with ginger and spring onions (姜葱猪肉)

Edit: I forgot to mention that I tend to use pork loin for this dish, and either rump or sirloin for the beef version. Slice the meat thinly for the marinade to infuse the meat thoroughly and for quick cooking.

Ingredients (serves 2):

300g pork, cut into thin strips
4 stalks of spring onions, cut into inch-long sections on the diagonal
5-6 white button or shitake mushrooms, sliced (optional)
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
Oil for cooking

1 tbsp Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp cornflour
A dash of white pepper

1 tbsp Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce (for colour, optional)
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
4 tbsp water
2 tsp corn flour, dissolved in 2 tbsp water

1. Marinade the pork and set aside in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight for best result.
2. Combine all the seasoning ingredients (except for the last cornflour mixture) in a bowl. Heat a wok or heavy based pan on medium-high heat. Add in some cooking oil and heat until the oil is hot but not quite smoking. Stir fry the ginger and white parts of the spring onions very quickly for about 30 seconds.
3. If using, add the mushrooms and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Then add the pork and stir fry briskly until the meat is about 70 percent cooked, which should take only a couple of minutes. Add the green parts of the spring onions, pour the seasoning ingredients into the pan and mix evenly.
4. Stir in the corn flour mixture at the end and simmer on low heat for about a minute to thicken the sauce. Dish out and serve immediately, making sure to avoid overcooking the beef. The strong flavours of this dish go well with plain rice rice.


Jon said...

That looks really good.What cut of pork do you like to use for this dish?

Demand More said...

Yum! I hope you dont mind, I put the recipe on my site and linked it to your blog. Of course if you mind I will remove it right away. I love your blog, I just stumbled across it today and I think you are already one of my favorites! Thanks for all the recipes and beautiful pics.

didally said...

I love 姜葱猪肉 with loads of rice! I have this since I was a kid and still not getting sick of it now. Haha..

Mrs Ergül said...

I love 姜葱anything! I have recently tried the fish version. And I have to try it with beef one day! Yours looks so lovely!

Happy cook said...

This looks super delicious. I am bookmarking them to make them.

mycookinghut said...

Lovely dish.. I love the combo. Yeah, I would also like to know what cut of pork do you normally use?

Food For Tots said...

Luv this quick & easy dish! Simply marvelous!I must try it out!

daphne said...

oh yum!!! What a lovely Cantonese dish. It has been ages since I made something like this.. thanks for the reminder! =)

noobcook said...

My mum loves to cook this for me when I'm young and she added loads of chilli padi! That's how I receive my 'training' for spicy food hehe ... I love your version.

Denise said...

hey my mum loves to cook this and I always eat with bowls of plain hot rice! haha

Sharon said...

Mmm, delicious! Thanks for sharing

Ning said...

I love dishes like this! Simple to prepare but full of flavors! Am already drooling... :)

Maya said...

A great dish to make on weekdays!!

Nilmandra said...

Thanks for the comments! It is a dish that reminds me of home too, I'm surprised how many people have mentioned that they remember this dish from their childhood.

Sorry I forgot to mention that I usually use pork loin, and either rump or sirloin for the beef version.

Alice said...

I made this last night and it turned out wonderful. Thanks so much for posting the recipe, it is absolutely delicious, and was a hit with the other half too.

Sally said...

We had this on Friday night and the leftovers today. It was seriously delicious. I've just come across your blog and I'm really enjoying it - thanks!

Nilmandra said...

Alice, Sally: Thanks for the comments! It's really nice to hear that the recipe works for other people too :)

Sophie said...

I'm always looking for new savory ways to cook pork. I've made beef with similar ingredients, but I like the idea of using pork--it looks so flavorful!

Mrs Ergül said...

I used beef in this and we love it! Thanks for this great recipe!

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