Recipe by FlemishMinx
Simple preparation, minimum of ingredients, but full of flavor. If you've been searching for a recipe in which to use your soybean paste, this is it!
Top Review by loki-dog
This is not even close to being authentic. First, Twice-cooked pork is made with pork belly. Other cuts could be substituted (pork belly is nearly impossible to get here), though you need to use a cut with fat, not the dry tasteless tenderloin! Then mirin? That's Japanese! You need Chinese rice wine. If you can't find this sake is actually a better substitute than mirin as it's not sweetened. Sambal olek - That's Indonesian, just doesn't belong at all. Soybean paste - what is that? There are probably hundreds of soybean pastes! You need Sichuan chile bean paste, and the best is made from broad beans / fava beans, sometimes with soybeans also. It's pretty common to find it at an Asian grocer, and lasts a really long time. There is a commonly found version in cans - it's not very good. Look for the versions in jars, with broad/favas on the ingredients list. You can use other things and add chiles if you can't find it.
- 3⁄4 lb pork tenderloin (all fat and connective tissue removed)
- 1 tablespoon mirin (rice wine)
- 2 slices ginger
- 1 clove garlic, paper removed,flattened but still in one piece
- 1 leek
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or 1 tablespoon chili paste, of your choice
- 2 tablespoons soybean paste
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
Directions See How It's Made
- Place the pork in a large saucepan and cover with water; bring to the boil.
- When it is boiling, add the mirin and ginger.
- Cook the pork for 20 minutes, then remove from the water and allow to cool (discard the other contents of the pan).
- When the pork is cool enough to handle, slice across the grain as thinly as possible in pieces about 2 inches long.
- Clean the leek and slice in half lengthwise, then slice in 1 inch pieces.
- Clean the bell pepper, remove seeds, and chop in pieces similar in size to the leek.
- Heat a wok over medium-high to high heat.
- Add the oil, and when it is hot, add the flattened garlic clove.
- Fry the garlic until it is very brown, then remove it and discard.
- Add the chopped leek to the wok, and cook for 1 minute, stirring all the while.
- Add the bell pepper pieces, and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring continuously.
- Push the vegetables to the side of the wok and add the sambal oelek in the middle; heat briefly.
- Add the soybean paste, soy sauce, and the pork slices, mixing all well and insuring the pork is covered with all the spicy mixture.
- Cook only for another 1-2 minutes, until everything is heated through.