Bowl of Pork with Flowering Chives
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Pork with Flowering Chives
China - Zhejiang
  -   Jiu Cai Hua Chao Rou Si
Serves
Effort:
Sched:
DoAhead:  
4 side  
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30 min  
Prep
This is a very simple stir fry that can serve as a side dish or as a light main dish for two. The flowering chives give a rather unusual mix of soft and crunchy textures and a unique flavor.



6
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3/4
2
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9
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1/8
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Pork, lean
-- Marinade
Soy Sauce
Rice Wine (1)
Potato Starch
Water
-- Vegies
Flowering Chives (2)  
Bell Pepper, red
Ginger Root
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Oil
Oil (more)
Salt
Sesame Oil, dark
Prep   -   (25 min)
  1. Slice PORK thin and cut slices into strips about 1/8 inch wide and up to 2-1/2 inches long.
  2. Add all Marinade items to the Pork and massage it in well. Set aside until needed.
  3. Remove buds from CHIVES (use them in omelets or something). Trim off hard stem ends as needed and cut stems into lengths of 2 to 2-1/2 inches.
  4. Slice BELL PEPPER into thin slices to match the others. Mix with the Chives.
  5. Slice GINGER thin and cut slices into very narrow strips.
Run   -   (15 min)
  1. In a wok, heat 2 T Oil over high flame. Stir in Pork. Fry stirring until it has completely lost its raw color. Remove from the pan and set aside, leaving Oil behind.
  2. If needed, add up to 1 T Oil to the pan. Over moderate flame, stir in Ginger until aromatic. Stir in Chive mix. Fry tumbling until the stems no longer smell raw. Stem tips will be wilted and stem bottoms will still be quite crunchy.
  3. Stir in Pork Strips. Tumble until hot.
  4. Serve hot.
NOTES:
  1. Rice Wine:   Use a good, drinkable Chinese rice wine, not that horrid salted "cooking" version. If you don't have this, use a Dry Sherry. Sake is made from rice but is not considered a good substitute. For details see our Chinese Rice Wine page.
  2. Flowering Chives:   These flowering stems of Asian Garlic Chives are quite popular, and often available in Asian markets here in Los Angeles. For details see the chive section of our Onions page.
  3. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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