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Sichuan Stir-Fried Pork recipe

Sichuan Stir-Fried Pork recipe

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  • Meat and poultry
  • Pork
  • Cuts of pork
  • Pork shoulder

This is an aromatic and lightly spiced Chinese stir fry. Enjoy with freshly cooked rice.

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IngredientsServes: 1

  • 150g skinless, boneless pork shoulder, with a thin layer of fat attached
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chilli bean paste (toban djan)
  • 1 tablespoon fermented salted black beans
  • 50g fresh garlic shoots, cut into 3cm lengths
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Slice pork shoulder into 4x3x0.2cm strips.
  2. Heat the oil into the wok until hot over high heat. Stir-fry the pork for 30 seconds, add the salt and cook until the fat is rendered.
  3. Push the pork to the edges of the wok. Add the chilli bean paste and black beans to the centre of the wok and stir-fry until fragrant.
  4. Stir the pork into the sauce. Add the garlic shoots, soy sauce and sugar. Stir-fry thoroughly until the garlic shoots are wilted. Serve.


Garlic shoots (leaves), fermented salted black beans and chilli bean paste (toban djan) can be purchased in Chinese/Oriental speciality shops or online.

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Easy Pork Stir fry with Peppers

This is the sister dish to famous Sichuan style twice cooked pork belly, enjoying a high popularity in China. Comparing with the traditional twice cooked pork belly, this easy pork stir fry with peppers is much easier to make. This is an important seasoning called in this recipe: fermented soy beans. Fermented soy bean has a very unique strong flavor. You may find it listed as an ingredient in many Sichuan style dishes. I am using this Lao Gan Ma Black Bean Chilli Sauce, 280g which contains a small amount of chili oil. If you are using pure fermented soy bean, you need to add some extra chili oil.

Firstly cut the peppers into small pieces and then cut ginger and garlic too.

Cut pork belly into thin slices.

Heat up the wok add pork slices directly to stir fry until lightly curled.

Transfer the slices from the wok, heat cooking oil in wok add ginger, garlic to stir fry until aroma. Put the pepper slices in to cook for around 2 minutes or until soft.

Add salt, soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of fermented soy beans. Mix well and we are done with this easy stir fry recipe.

Preserve the pork: Combine the shredded pork with cooking wine, light soy sauce, white sugar, starch and salt. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes.

Fry the pork: Preheat the wok. Add cooking oil and heat it. Pour in the preserved pork shreds, fry over big fire for about 1 minute and pick out.

Fry green peppers: Add more cooking oil and heat it until hot. Add in sliced ginger and garlic. Fry for 10 seconds until it gives out fragrance. Pour in the shredded green peppers. Stir-fry over medium fire for 30 seconds. Add some salt, and mix up.

Add in the fried pork shreds. Stir to mix well with green peppers. Pour in water starch. Combine well and heat over big fire until the dish becomes a little sticky which shall take 20-30 seconds. Turn off the heat. Serve on an exquisite plate.

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150g pork loin, sliced into thin strips
2 tbsp extra virgin olive
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 small knob ginger, thinly sliced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 long red chilli, chopped
1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns
1 tbsp cornflour
10 dried chillies, whole
1 bunch snake beans, chopped into thirds
5 spring onions, chopped
½ bunch coriander, chopped
1 tbsp crispy fried shallots


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Blanch the snake beans in some salted boiling water for 2 minutes then drain and add to the pan with the spring onions, coriander and fried shallots. Toss together until combined and sauté for a few minutes. Serve immediately.