By Not-2-Sweet on January 14, 2005
Photo by WaterMelon
Photo by WaterMelon
"I fell in love with this dish at my local Chinese Buffet several years ago, but no sooner than I discovered it, it disappeared from the selection--and it was never on the takeout menu. When I inquired about it, they didn't understand what I was talking about. I spent years searching high and low for a recipe. The sauce at first tastes sweet, but then it turns hot...so, so good. I had to have that magic formula..I finally found it! Sweet and spicy fans--this is to die for! UPDATE: I made this again and I wanted a little more fire to it. I added About a tbs or so of "chili garlic sauce" it comes in a little red jar with a green top and has a picture of a rooster on the front, its made by "huyfong foods" and it's in the asian section. This really made the dish especially good! It added not just heat but some really good flavor. I'll be making it this way from now on!"
Serving Size: 1 (139 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"This is an excellent option for a half a pork loin! I needed to avoid some of the heat for milder tastes in the family so I used 2 dried chiles and no Sriracha (although personally I adore the stuff and think the dish would be awesome with it). I doubled the sauce and it seemed about right for how I served it (with steamed rice). I used 4 cups of frozen Asian veggies (broccoli, baby corn, water chestnuts, etc.) and sauteed per package instructions before continuing with the recipe directions #14 and up. The type of vinegar wasn't specified so I used cider vinegar... the sauce had a bit more tang than I would have preferred so next time I think I'll try rice wine vinegar. When I do I'll update this review. All in all, an excellent dish that is a permanent addition to my cookbook. Thanks Bethany for sharing! Update 4-27: Rice Wine Vinegar was perfect, love this recipe!"
"Delicious! I am poor, and this was cheap after a few changes. I used one chicken breast cubed (frozen, defrosted in the microwave), pre-minced garlic and ginger (a full table spoon of garlic, who can fault me?), flour instead of corn starch and crushed red pepper instead of whole dried peppers. I didnt measure, I just shook until I felt like it was enough (maybe a teaspoon or two?). Plus a bag of frozen "stir-fry" mixed veggie.
I had all the expensive stuff on hand (sherry - $8 a bottle, Soy sauce - $3 a bottle, and vinigar at $4 a bottle) and still have plenty of all left. Buying the expensive stuff for this dish is well worth it."
"This was delicious, and although the recipe looks somewhat complicated it was very easy to make. Next time I'll make sure to use good quality pork, because this time I used cheap pork that I got on sale. Thank you for sharing this recipe!"
"This was excellent!! I made a few changes as suggested in other reviews, namely the use of 5-Spice Powder and the Cilantro topping. I also used more vegetables and a bit less hot sauce. I also think I will make more of the sauce forthe dish andsince it thickened so fast I will make it a bit more dilute. I will certainly make this again. Thank You!!"
"Wow. I used two larger thai chilis from my garden (wow--hot!) & half package of pork tenderloin (is that one tenderloin, or half a tenderloin?). My veggies: broccoli (one head + stem), a carrot, an onion, 4 oz. mushrooms & a sweet pepper. And I even bought some garlic chili sauce. Overall, a wonderful stir-fry I'll be making again soon."
"Delicious. This smells so good and tastes wonderful! Thank you!"
"This was fabulous! I followed the recipe, leaving out the chili-garlic sauce. My vegies were a combination of carrot, celery, red pepper, zucchini & cabbage (we love lotsa veg). I think I'll double the sauce next time. Served with jasmine rice for a great dinner. Thanks for sharing this keeper."
"I love finding a recipe that taste authentic right from home! I added some 5 spice to this, wish I had doubled the sauce as we had this on udon noodles. The recipe otherwise is very easy and flavorful."
"VEGAN REVIEW - We loved this!! I skipped the ginger, doubled the sauce as suggested and cooked onions and half the sauce in with the "pork" - we do not eat meat so we made this with auropro meat sub in pork flavor and it was awesome!! Pork flavored seitan would work as well!! For our veggies we did sugar snap peas, so yummy!!"
"Yummy! I loved this. I used two thick pork loin chops and sliced them thin before marinading them. I did add about a tablespoon of soy sauce to the marinade. Then, stir fried it and served with jasmine rice. I realized I forgot to add the sugar to the sauce, but it was still delish anyways. I'll remember next time. Thank for sharing. Pam"
"Other than pork chops, we rarely cook pork dishes, but when I saw this recipe, it was one that I had to try out. Good thing I did for my children enjoyed the dish. I used chinese cooking wine ( shao xing ) instead of the sherry because that was what I had. Thank you for sharing."
"I made this tonight and it was terrific. I will admit to sprinkling hot pepper flakes on my DH's plate before serving instead of cooking in the oil. I used broccoli stems, carrots, red peppers and green onions. I doubled the sauce but think I will triple it next time and there will be a next time! Thanks for putting in the years of searching for the recipe, it was well worth the effort."
"We really enjoyed this dish...yum...just like at a restaurant. It was very easy to put togeather - I did half the oil as we have a non-stick wok. I have never used whole dried chili peppers before...it was quite exiting watching them grow plump in the sizzling oil. It added a nice heat to the dish. Thanks so much for sharing."
"i love making my own take out and your site is very good thanks for posting dee"
"Dh really liked this meal.I topped the finished dish with green onion. I believe WaterMelon's suggestion of adding 5spice powder is a good one. "
"This is soooo delicious! I did make some changes - didn't use any vegetables, and added 1 tsp 5spice powder with the pork 'marinade'. And sprinkled with a bunch of chopped cilantro before serving. Thanks for the fantastic and easy dish!"
"Very flavourful dish. Easy to make too. For the vegetables I used carrots, red pepper and mushrooms. I sauteed the mushrooms separately and added just to heat, when I returned the pork to the pan. I cut down on the amount of oil used to a total of 1 1/2 tablespoons in order to lower the calorie count.Thanks for the recipe."