Honey Soy Stir-Fried Pork


Stir-fries are typically not my forte. I love the idea of them: quick meals that are packed full of veggies and only require one or two dishes. Despite my best intentions, all the stir-fries I have attempted ended up being too sweet, a bit globular, and not very nice at all. That is, until I made this one.This recipe came about due to an abundance of pork. Pork was on sale at our local supermarket and I went a bit overboard. After two dinners, I was getting realizing the lack of diversity in my pork chop cooking repertoire. I started craving a sticky, salty, and sweet rib-like pork dish. Limited to pork chops, actual ribs were out of the question, but I started looking into the sauces and marinades typically used with ribs. Keeping with my ‘sticky’ theme, I was draw to flavour combinations including chilli flakes, honey, and soy. That is were this recipe was born!

I think the marinade is really important here. Given enough time to sit, the flavours really sink into the pork strips. The recipe itself is really simple and doesn’t take much time at all so its pretty hard to come up with an excuse not to marinade the meat for at least a few hours. Plus, then you’ll get to¬†congratulate¬†yourself for being so organized.

I think the success story of this stir-fry is going to open the doors to a slew of others.

IMG_5970Serves 2

  • 350g pork (I used 2 pork chops because they were on sale)
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • thumb sized piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pepper
  • drizzle sesame oil

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  1. Cut the pork into strips.
  2. Place the pork into a container.
  3. Pour the vinegar and soy sauce over the pork.
  4. Top with the chilli flakes.
  5. Close the container, give it a shake, and marinate for at least an hour, ideally overnight.
  6. When you are ready to start cooking, finely chop the garlic and ginger together.
  7. De-seed the pepper and cut it into strips.
  8. In a frying pan or wok, heat the oil on medium high heat.
  9. Add the pork (not the marinade) and cook for 2-3 minutes until the pork start to brown.
  10. As the pork is cooking, whisk the honey and cornflour into the leftover marinade.
  11. Pour the remaining oil into the pan.
  12. Add the garlic and ginger to the wok/frying pan.
  13. When the garlic gets fragrant, add the pepper.
  14. Cook for a minute then turn the heat down to medium low.
  15. Pour in the marinade sauce.
  16. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens.
  17. Serve over rice and enjoy :)
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