China is the number one pork consumer around the world. Every year, nearly half of the world’s pork is eaten by the Chinese.
The Chinese not only love pork but also are good at cooking pork. The methods they use are stir-fried, steamed, boiled, and braised. They love their flavorings as well. Such as salty, sweet, and spicy.
The Stir-Fried Method
Stir-frying is a a Chinese cooking technique in which ingredients are fried in a small amount of very hot oil (usually peanut oil) while being stirred or tossed in a wok.
The technique originated in China and has spread into other parts of Asia and the West.
The English-language term “stir-fry” was coined by Y.R. Chao in Buwei Yang Chao’s book How to Cook and Eat in Chinese (1945).
Though you don’t absolutely need one, a wok is the one piece of cooking equipment you may want to purchase if you plan to cook stir-fries on a regular basis.
Cashew Pork and Vegetable Stir-Fry
1 pound pork tenderloin
2 large carrots, sliced into match sticks
2 celery ribs, sliced into match sticks
1/2 cup cashews
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Cut tenderloin into thin strips and set aside.
Combine sauce ingredients and mix well.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add sliced vegetables and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Remove vegetables and set aside.
Add remaining oil to skillet. Add pork and stir-fry for 3 minutes.
Return vegetables to pan with sauce and cashews. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened.
Serve with rice if desired.
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