Sichuan Stir-Fried Pork in Garlic Sauce(Cook's Illustrated)
photo by KerfuffleUponWincle
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 teaspoons chinese black vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon chinese rice wine or 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 2 teaspoons ketchup
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 12 ounces country-style boneless pork ribs, trimmed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 cup cold water
- 2 teaspoons chinese rice wine or 2 teaspoons dry sherry
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 2 scallions, white part minced, green parts sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons asian garlic and red chile paste
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms or 6 ounces portabella mushrooms, stemmed and sliced thing
- 2 (8 ounce) cans water chestnuts
- 1. Whisk all sauce ingredients together in bowl. Set aside.
- 2. Cut pork into 2” lengths and then cut each length into 1/4” matchsticks. Combine pork with baking soda and water in bowl. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- 3. Rinse pork in cold water. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels. Whisk rice wine and cornstarch in bowl. Add pork and toss to coat.
- 4. For the stir fry, combine garlic, scallion whites, chili paste in bowl.
- 5. Heat 1 tbsp oil in large non stick pan over high heat until just smoking. Add mushrooms and cook stirring frequently until tender, 4 minutes. Add water chestnuts and cook for additional 2 to 4 minutes until tender. Transfer vegetables to separate bowl.
- 6. Add remaining 3 tbsp oil to pan and place over medium low heat. Add garlic scallion mixture and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Transfer 1 tbsp garlic scallion oil to small bowl and set aside. Add pork to skillet and cook until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk sauce to recombine and add to skillet. Increase heat to high and cook stirring constantly until thickened and pork cooked thru, 1 to 2 minutes. Return vegetables to skillet and combine. Transfer to platter, sprinkle with scallion greens and reserved garlic scallion oil and serve.
I don't know what the baking soda bath did to the pork, but I'm glad I did that step in the recipe! The pork was tender, and the sauce was a great blend of flavors ~ I added a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, and will add a bit of minced ginger next time while cooking the pork. I served this with a few additional stir fry veggies over rice ~ Made for Fall PAC 2012.