Pork and Pepper Stir Fry

Pork stir fry with fresh green peppers (青椒炒肉)is the national dish enjoy the highest popularity on Chinese table, similar to tomato and egg stir fry.

Stir frying is hard to control for lots of people outside China. Due to the high fire, the meat can be overcooked very quickly and thus turns quite hard to chewy. But a perfectly done stir fry is a brilliant dish even it calls very humble and common ingredients. After this post, you can freestyle your pork stir fry with other ingredients, like carrots, celery or red onion. But this is the most classic one.

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In Chinese stir-frying, we marinating the meat with a couple of ingredients with several purposes. The first one is to give the meat a basic flavor, using soy sauce, salt, white pepper and etc. And the second one is to make the meat juicy itself by adding some liquid. The last purpose is to add a protecting shell with the help of starch to keep the meat from overcooking by the high heat of the wok and keep the juice inside.

When meeting hot oil, the starch begins the process of gelation. But when the oil is too hot or the oil is insufficient, the shreds might sticky to the bottom of your wok (since wok is not non-stick cook). So we need to add the pork shreds when the temperature of the oil is not too high.

So the basic step for a perfectly done shredded pork stir fry is to heat your wok or pan firstly (so we can remain a relative stable temperature after adding the cold pork). Mix some cold oil with marinated pork (avoid sticking) and add the pork when the oil is warm. Quickly fry the shredded pork for 6- 10 seconds until the white color turns pale and non-stick.

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Ingredients

  • 200g pork butt, cut into similar slices
  • 3-4 fresh peppers, remove the seeds and finely shredded
  • 1/4 fresh red bell pepper, optional, just for better coloring
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable cooking oil (we will not intake all of them)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce

Marinating ingredients 

  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 4 tbsp. water or chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. cooking wine (Shaoxing wine)
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. vegetable cooking oil

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Instructions

Cut pork into small thin slices. Transfer the pork shreds to a larger bowl, add sugar, salt, white pepper, light soy sauce, water and cooking wine. Combine well and make sure the pork absorbing all the liquid and marinating for at least 15 minutes. Add cornstarch and mix well.  pork and pepper stir fry|chinasichuanfood.com

Mix in 2 teaspoons of vegetable cooking oil before frying.

Heat the wok firstly until really hot and then add oil and continue heating for 30 seconds. Add the pork shreds in and fry quickly for no more than 10 seconds or until the sheds changes turns pale. It is completely ok if it contains some pink inside. If you are working with an insufficient heat, you can cook the pork in two batches.pork and pepper stir fry|chinasichuanfood.com

The remaining heat will continue cook it after transferring out. Transfer out the pork immediately and remove extra oil. Leave only 1 tablespoon of oil inside and fry garlic until aromatic. Place green pepper in, fry for 10 to 20 seconds until slightly softened. Sprinkle a small amount of salt and drizzle light soy sauce around the edges.   Mix with pork and serve hot.pork and pepper stir fry|chinasichuanfood.com

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Other quick stir fry recipes

Pork and Pepper Stir Fry

Classic pork stir fried with green peppers

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Chinese

Keyword: pork, stir fry

Servings: 2

Calories: 489kcal

Author: Elaine

Ingredients

  • 200 g pork butt or tenderloin,thinly sliced
  • 3-4 fresh peppers, remove the seeds and finely shredded
  • 1/4 fresh red bell pepper, optional, just for better coloring
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable cooking oil, we will not intake all of them
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce

Marinating ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce, you can mix with 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce for a darker version
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. cooking wine, Shaoxing wine
  • 4 tbsp. water or chicken stock.
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. vegetable cooking oil

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Instructions

  1. Cut pork into small thin slices.
  2. Transfer the pork to a larger bowl, add sugar, salt, white pepper, light soy sauce, cooking wine and water. Combine well and make sure the pork absorbing all the liquid and marinating for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Then add around 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch and mix well. Then mix in 2 teaspoons of vegetable cooking oil.
  4. Heat the wok firstly until really hot and then add oil and continue heating for 30 seconds. Add the pork shreds in and fry quickly for no more than 10 seconds or until the sheds changes turns pale. It is completely ok if it contains some pink inside. The remaining heat will continue cook it after transferring out. If you are working with an insufficient heat, you can cook the pork in two batches.
  5. Transfer out the pork immediately and remove extra oil. Leave only 1 tablespoon of oil inside and fry garlic until aromatic. Place shredded pepper slices in, fry for 10 to 20 seconds until slightly softened. Sprinkle a small amount of salt.
  6. Return pork and mix well. Serve hot!

Nutrition Facts

Pork and Pepper Stir Fry

Amount Per Serving

Calories 489
Calories from Fat 324

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 36g
55%

Saturated Fat 27g
135%

Cholesterol 65mg
22%

Sodium 1054mg
44%

Potassium 736mg
21%

Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%

Dietary Fiber 3g
12%

Sugars 6g

Protein 23g
46%

Vitamin A
22.5%

Vitamin C
198.1%

Calcium
2.9%

Iron
9.7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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