Five Spice Pork and Potatoes

"From Sunset Wok Cookbook; posting for ZWT6 (Asia). Caption for recipe states: "Russet potatoes and thin, tender pork strips soak up the fragrance and flavor of Chinese five-spice. The bottled spice blend is sold in many markets, but if you cannot find it you can easily make your own.""
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  • Peel potatoes and cut crosswise into 1/2 inch thick slices; set aside.
  • Place wok over high heat; when wok is hot add oil.
  • When oil is hot add pork and garlic.
  • Stir-fry until pork is browned (2-3 minutes).
  • Add potatoes, water, soy, sugar, and five-spice.
  • Bring to a boil; then reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potaotes are tender (about 20 minutes).
  • Garnish with onions.

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  1. I had the same reaction as the first reviewer; good but not great. Perhaps a little more five-spice powder would help, but I think it needs something else as well -- not sure what. Kind of "comfort-foody!"
  2. This dish smelled great and was tasty. It didn't have a powerful flavor I was expecting. I added salt once it was on the plate. Maybe should add some at the beginning. Made for ZWT 6.


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