Monday, February 16, 2009

{Sweet and sour pork with broccoli}

Best chinese dish I've EVER made and relatively easy.

1 lb. boneless pork chops.
3 T soy sauce, divided
2 t. corn starch
1 large onion
1/2 lb. broccoli (about 3 cups)
2 T peanut or corn oil plus more if needed
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. white vinegar

Trim and discard any visible fat from the pork. cut the pork into strips 1/4 inch wide and 2 inches long and put them into a medium bowl. Add 2 T of the soy sauce and the cornstarch and stir until the cornstarch dissolves and then set aside.

Peel the onion and cut it into 1/2 inch pieces. Rinse the broccoli. Cut the florets into bite-size pieces.

Put 1 T of the oil into a wok or large frying pan and begin heating over medium-high heat. add the red pepper flakes, onion and broccoli and stir-fry about 3 minutes, or until the vegetables just begin to soften. Transfer them to a plate and add the remaining Tablespoon of oil to the pan.

Add the pork and any juices and stir-fry about 3 minutes or until the pork has browned on all sides. Add the sugar, ketchup, vinegar and remaining T soy sauce and bring the mixture to a boil. The liquid will thicken and look shiny. Return the vegetables to the pork mixture and continue cooking, stirring frequently, about 1 minute, or until the mixture is hot. Serve immediately.

1 comment:

Rae said...

YUM! We had this tonight, and it's a keeper. We ran into a snafoo with the timing of dinner. .. so I did all the preliminary cooking (even the veggies and pork, and I did the sauce in a separate saucepan) and let it all sit aside almost an hour until we could eat. Then, I heated back up the fry pan, threw the pork back in to finish cooking, dumped the broccoli and onions on, and the sauce, and heated it through, and we sat down to eat. It was delicious. Thanks, aubs!


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