Monday, January 23, 2012

Dinner Party Series: Pork Hoisin

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year! I’m cooking a modest and economical Pork Hoisin this evening, just for the two of us. This recipe doubles or triples very easily. For more idea for Chinese food in my Dinner Party Series, see the Index under  Chinese

This recipe requires extra time for marination

Pork Hoisin:

½ lb. pork tenderloin
1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
2 tbsp. dry sherry, divided
2 tsp. cornstarch or tapioca starch
1 tbsp. cold water
8 small green onions (“spring” onions)
3 tbsp. oil, divided
3 tbsp. hoisin sauce
¼ tsp. cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp. cold water 

Remove thin sheath of fat from tenderloin. Slice pork across the grain into ¼-in. rounds; cut each round in half or into thin strips. Prepare meat marinade: Combine the soy sauce, 1 tbsp. sherry, and the cornstarch and cold water. Mix thoroughly and stir into pork. This will not seem like enough marinade; it is. 
Slice green onions lengthwise into thin strips (see Note). Cut on the diagonal into 1-½-in. lengths. Prepare stir-fry sauce for meat: Combine 1 tbsp. oil, hoisin sauce, cornstarch-water mixture, and remaining sherry. Set aside. 
Heat wok or heavy skillet over high heat. Add 2 tbsp. oil. Stir-fry pork 2-to-3 min. until cooked through. Add hoisin sauce mixture, stirring until sauce starts to thicken and bubble. Just before serving, stir in green onions. Serves 2.
Note: A bean slicer does a very speedy job of slivering the green onions. This is a worthwhile tool to add to your pantry. You may need to buy it online, because I rarely see bean slicers in kitchen stores. Mine is ancient. I treasure it! 
- With thanks to The Vancouver Sun

Carefully trim sheath of fat from tenderloin

Slice meat into 1/4-in. rounds

Cut each round in half

Prepare meat marinade: Oil, hoisin, sherry, cornstarch

Marinade pork

Prepare stir-fry sauce: Soy sauce, sherry, cornstarch, water
The fastest way to sliver green onions ... a bean slicer!

After slivering green onions, slice into diagonal lengths
Start to sauté strips of pork
Continue stir-frying until cooked through, 2-to-3 min.
Pour in stir-fry sauce, cooking until heated through
Add slivered onions just at the end
Pork Hoisin: Every morsel delicious!
It’s traditional to give guests and family lucky envelopes
containing money. These 
gold coins are chocolate-filled.
As you celebrate Chinese New Year, celebrate life! 

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