Shredded Pork Stir Fried with Fresh Peppers

Shredded pork stir fry with fresh green peppers (青椒肉丝)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 shredded stir fry is a brilliant dish even it calls very humble and common ingredients. After this post, you can freestyle your shredded pork stir fry with other ingredients, like carrots, celery or red onion. But this one is the most classic version of shredded pork stir fry.

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.

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After meeting the 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. If you use cornstarch, the best temperature should be around 85 degree C to 120 degree C. There will be very small bubbles

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 shredded 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 6-7 seconds until the white color turns pale.

Adding some starch water when the dish is almost done can give your dish a shinning shinning appearance, but it softened the taste a little bit.

Ingredients

  • 200g pork tenderloin, finely shredded
  • 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
  • 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch (optional for shinning the dish), mixing with 1 tablespoon of water

Marinating ingredients 

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

Instructions

How to cut the pork tenderloin| Cut the tenderloin into thin slices (around 0.5cm in thickness) and then pile them as a gentle slope. Then cut the slices into shreds.

Transfer the pork shreds to a larger bowl, add sugar, salt, white pepper, light soy sauce and cooking wine. Combine well and make sure the pork absorbing all the liquid and marinating for at least 15 minutes.

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Then add around 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch and mix well. Then mix in 2 teaspoons of vegetable cooking oil.

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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 like me.

Shredded pork and green pepper stir fry|chinasichuanfood.comThe remaining heat will continue cook it after transferring out. Transfer out the pork shreds 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.Shredded pork and green pepper stir fry|chinasichuanfood.com

Return pork shreds and cornstarch water if you are using. Mix well and serve with steamed rice.

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Shredded pork stir fried with fresh peppers

 

Classic shredded pork stir fried with fresh peppers

Ingredients

  • 200g pork tenderloin, finely shredded
  • 3-4 fresh peppers, remove the seeds and finely shredded
  • ¼ fresh red bell pepper, optional, just for better coloring
  • ¼ cup of vegetable cooking oil (we will not intake all of them)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ tbsp. cornstarch (optional for shinning the dish)

Marinating ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce (you can mix with ½ tsp dark soy sauce for a darker version)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp. white pepper
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ tbsp. cooking wine (Shaoxing wine)
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. vegetable cooking oil

Instructions

  1. How to cut the pork tenderloin| Cut the tenderloin into thin slices (around 0.5cm in thickness) and then pile them as a gentle slope. Then cut the slices into shreds.
  2. Transfer the pork shreds to a larger bowl, add sugar, salt, white pepper, light soy sauce and cooking wine. Combine well and make sure the pork absorbing all the liquid and marinating for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Then add around ½ 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 like me.
  5. Transfer out the pork shreds 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 shreds and cornstarch water if you are using. Mix well and serve with steamed rice.

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