Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stir-Fried Pork with Sa Cha BBQ Sauce

I took a cue from the Taiwanese dish, Sa Cha BBQ Beef with Noodles, and decided to make a variation of it using pork instead since this was the only meat I had in the frig. I opted to serve the sautéed pork with steamed rice rather than tossed with noodles. Sa Cha BBQ sauce is a savory and mildly spicy Taiwanese sauce that's made from dried shrimp, brill fish, chiles, soybean oil, shallots and garlic. It's the traditional condiment used for hot pot (we always mix ours with a bit of ketchup and soy sauce), but it is also a great as a seasoning for stir-fried meat dishes like this one. 

2 1/2 - 3 lbs. boneless pork loin, trimmed and cut into thin slices across the grain
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. rice wine
2 tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced along the bias
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. ginger, minced
2 jalapeños, seeded and sliced

1/2 cup Sa Cha sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp. sugar

Chopped scallions & cilantro for garnish

1. Toss the pork in soy sauce, rice wine and cornstarch and let marinate for 30 minutes. 

2. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a wok or large saute pan. Add the pork and saute briefly until the meat is just cooked through. Remove and set aside.

3. With the remaining oil in the pan and add the garlic, onion, ginger, and jalapeños. Saute for 1-2 minutes until softened. Add the meat back into the pan and stir to combine. 

4. Add the Sa Cha sauce, water, and sugar. Bring up to a boil, turn off heat, then remove to a serving platter. Garnish with chopped scallions and cilantro. Serve with steamed white rice. 

Boneless pork loin chops. 

Marinate the pork slices in soy sauce, rice wine and cornstarch for 30 minutes.  

Sliced jalapeños, sliced scallions, minced ginger and garlic, and sliced onion.  

Cornstarch, rice wine, soy sauce, and Sa Cha BBQ sauce.  

Cook the marinated pork in 1/2 cup of oil until just done.  

Remove the pork and set aside. 

 Saute all the vegetables in the remaining oil in the pan. 

Add the pork and stir to combine.  

Add the Sa Cha BBQ sauce, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then remove the pork to a serving platter. Garnish with chopped scallions and cilantro. 

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