Szechuan Pork Stir-fry

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    Control the chilli and you control the heat in this pork and vegetable stir-fry. Cubes of marinated pork are cooked quickly with ginger, carrots and snowpeas, and then flavoured with lime juice, soya sauce, vinegar and sesame oil. Add chilli oil to taste.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 3 tablespoons (45ml) soya sauce
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 1 tablespoon (15ml) water
    • 500g pork fillet, cut into cubes
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 2 tablespoons (30ml) rice vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon cornflour
    • 3 teaspoons (45ml) dark sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable oil
    • 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
    • 2 green chillies, chopped
    • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin strips
    • 100g snowpeas, trimmed and cut into strips (or any green vegetable)
    • 1-2 teaspoons (5-10ml) chilli oil
    • 1/2 bunch spring onions, trimmed and chopped
    • 60g (1/2 cup) finely chopped peanuts

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons (30ml) soy sauce, cornflour and water. Mix together until smooth and stir in the pork cubes. Cover and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.
    2. In a small bowl combine the lime juice, remaining soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornflour and sesame oil. Mix together and set aside.
    3. Remove pork and marinade from refrigerator. In a large frying pan or wok, heat choice of oil until hot. Stir fry ginger and chillies for 1 minute.
    4. Add pork with marinade, carrots and snowpeas and stir-fry over high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until pork is tender.
    5. Pour in the lime mixture, reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chilli oil, spring onions and peanuts. Serve with cooked rice or noodles.

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    There is a great mix of flavors and textures in this recipe if you don't blow it by following it too closely (ha!). The lime and vinegar are definitely strong, even for a lime and vinegar lover like myself. I ended up adding sugar at the end to even up the field a little, but the consistency of the sauce was great as written (I was a little surprised at that - I thought there might be too much cornstarch). I like my veggies barely-done to crisp-tender, so the 6-8 minutes on the carrots and peas would have killed this recipe for me. I also added mushrooms and zucchini. I cooked the pork first and set it aside, then did the mushrooms, added the carrots for a few minutes, then the zucchini, snap peas, and pork in just to heat through (which got my zucchini and peas just the way I like them). I like the spice and the overall flavor, but definitely had to play around with this to get it where I wanted it. Thanks!  -  31 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Modifications I made: omitted the cornstarch from the marinade (for fewer carbs); sliced the pork thinly instead of cubes (turned out nice and tender!); used lemon b/c I had it on-hand; omitted chile peppers and chili oil, using instead a tsp. or two of red pepper flakes, fried with the ginger; added 1 sm red bell pepper and 1/2 white onion, omitted green onion; didn't bother to julianne the peas and didn't chop the peanuts. Turned out spicy enough for our tastes (I like a little bite but no burn), but the vinegar overwhelmed the rest of the flavors. The lemon juice may have also played into the overpowering tang this dish had. I'll use this recipe as a base in the future but do something a little less tangy for the sauce.  -  25 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I absolutely loved the taste of the pork and soy sauce marinade! It cooked up beautifully! I always try to substitute cooking spray for any olive oil and I must say it did not diminish any flavor in my book! This recipe was beautiful until I added the 1 Tbs soy sauce, 2 Tbs rice vinegar, 1 tsp cornstarch, and 3 tsp dark sesame oil! My sugar snap peas just soaked up the vinegar taste and ruined the whole recipe! I added honey to try and tone down the vinegar flavor! After adding the honey, the vinegar taste was toned down just a bit! I had to pick out all the sugar peas to make the recipe tolerable again! I beseech any other home-makers to not add the second bit of soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and sesame oil! Without that, this recipe is FANTASTIC! An absolutely perfect bite! I will definately cook this again but, leave out the aforementioned ingredients!  -  21 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)