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Stir Fried Pork Slices {Chinese Huai Yang Classic}

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Stir Fried Pork Slices {Julienne Cut or Bite-Size Slices}

Stir Fried Pork Slices are juicy and seriously delicious. They feature pork slices marinated with traditional Chinese condiments of Shaoxing Wine and Soy Sauce, along with delicious spices including star anise, coriander seeds, and ginger powder. They will surely amaze you with extreme tenderness and yumminess.

In terms of how to slice the pork, you can either do a thin julienne cut or bite-size slices.

Surely you can enjoy these tasty stir-fried pork slices by themselves. However, with this at hand, you can also whip out an authentic Huai Yang stir-fry dish featuring savory pork slices in no time. Pork slices with vegetable stir-fry dishes are such a classic home cooking in China’s Yangtze River Delta area. Winter Bamboo Stir Fry, Mao Dou {Edamame} Stir Fry, just to name a couple.

Stir Fry dishes featuring pork slices
Stir Fry dishes featuring pork slices

What kind of pork is best for Pork Slice Stir Fry:

Sirloin is the best, but shoulder or butt shall all work out well for this recipe. I use a unique marinating method that tenderizes the pork and brings out pork’s meaty yumminess.

If you are using the shoulder or butt, trim off the extra fat, and/or gristle if possible.

I use pork shoulder or butt to make pork slices most of the time. I typically buy a slab of pork butt/shoulder and pork belly for various usages.

marinated pork slices
Marinated Pork Slices

For instance, I use a combination of pork shoulder or butt and pork belly to grind pork at home for this super tasty Home Ground Pork.

With this handy, you can make delicious dishes such as Lion’s Head (Pork Meatballs) Soup, Red Braised Lion’s Head, Pork Jiao Zi {dumplings} with Napa Cabbage, Pork Sweet Rice Flour Dumplings, Egg Crepe Pork Dumplings, Shanghai Soup Dumplings, Swedish Meatballs, you name it.

I then use the remaining pork belly to make traditional Twice Cooked Pork or super satisfactory Red Braised Pork Belly. Save the pork fat left behind the Red Braised Pork Belly to make a quick and tasty Yang Chun Noodle, Chinese Stir Fry Noodles, or Chow Mein.

Helpful Cooking Tools and Gadgets for Stir Fried Pork Slices:

A quality Wok and slotted turner, or a bamboo spatula, makes the cooking easier.

Cooked Pork Slices {Ready for Stir Fry}

How to Make Stir Fried Pork Slices From Scratch?

See the Recipe for a detailed step-by-step tutorial. Here are the key takeaways:

Cut the pork into slices

It is much easier to cut pork into slices when they are semi-frozen. This means they are firm, and a cleaver can easily cut it through.

When working on fresh pork, leave them in the freezer for a few hours first if possible; when working on frozen pork, take them out a few hours in advance, if possible.

Cut pork slices for stir fried pork slices
ut pork slices for stir fried pork slices

A cleaver makes this process easier. First cut the pork into big thin slices

Wash and rinse the pork under running water, and pat dry with a paper towel. Try to trim off the excess fat or parts with gristles if you can.

Cut the pork across the grain into thin slices first. Then flatten those thin slices on the cutting board, a few pieces at a time, and cut again, across the grain, for either bite-size slices or thin julienne cut.

Marinate Pork Slices

Add Shaoxing wine, naturally aged soy Sauce (or Dark Soy Sauce), Light Soy Sauce, Zhenjiang Vinegar, Arrowroot Flour, cane sugar, and star anise powder, ginger powder, coriander sees powder into the mixing bowl with pork slices. Mix well using a pair of bamboo mixing spatulas.

Marinating Pork Slices
Marinating Pork Slices

When you initially add all the condiments in, it may appear there is too much liquid. But don’t worry, keep mixing and allowing the pork to absorb.

Let the marinated pork rest for 10 minutes if you can spare the time. This will further allow the pork to tenderize and absorb the flavor. Give the pork slices a good mixing from time to time.

Prepare Green Onions and Ginger

While you are waiting for the pork marinating process, prepare green onions and ginger. Wash and rinse them well. Slice and dice ginger into a thin julienne cut. Chop green onions into small pieces.

Chopped Green Onions and Julienne Cut Ginger
Chopped Green Onions and Julienne Cut Ginger

Stir Fry Marinated Pork Slices

Turn the heat to medium-high and heat the Wok for 1 minute. Spray about 1 tsp of canola oil and then add green onions and ginger, stir for about 10 seconds or till fragrant, and add the marinated pork slices.

Fold and mix for about until all pork slices are cooked, about 4-5 minutes.

Cooked Pork Slices {Ready For Huai Yang Stir Fry}

All done! You are now ready to make a super tasty pork slice stir fry with vegetables.

Stir Fried Pork Slices is perfect to make in advance for an easy meal plan

These stir fried pork slices are good in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. With this at hand, you can whip out a delicious stir fry dish featuring pork slices in no time. Stir Fried Winter Bamboo with Pork Slices and Stir Fried Mao Dou {edamame} with Pork Slices are among the classic home cooking meals in the Yangtze River Delta area.

Stir Fried Pork Slices {Julienne Cut or Bite-Size Slices}

Stir Fried Pork Slices Recipe {Chinese Huai Yang Classic}

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Stir Fried Pork Slices are juicy and seriously delicious. You can surely enjoy these tasty pork slices by themselves. However, with this at hand, you can also whip out an authentic Huai Yang Style stir-fry dish featuring yummy pork slices in no time. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork meat, sirloin, shoulder, or butt

For Marinating the Pork:

  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp naturally aged soy sauce, see notes
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Zhenjiang Vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tsp cane sugar, organic unrefined preferred
  • 1/2 tsp star anise powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds powder, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder, optional

For Stir Fry:

  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 green onion stalk, chopped
  • a small piece of ginger, thinly julienne cut, optional whne ginger powder is used during the marinating process.

Instructions

Cut Pork Slices:

  1. Wash and rinse the pork under running water, and pat dry with a paper towel. Try to trim off the excess fat or parts with gristles if you can.
  2. Cut the pork across the grain into thin slices first. Then flatten those thin slices on the cutting board, a few pieces at a time, and cut again.
    pork sirloin slices
  3. For bite-size slices, space out about 1 inch and cut across.
    Cut pork slices for stir fried pork slices
  4. For thin julienne cut slices, space out just a tiny bit and cut across.
    pork sirloin slices

Marinate Pork Slices:

  1. Add pork slices into a large mixing bowl, and then add everything under "For Marinating the Pork".
  2. Toss the pork slices using a pair of bamboo/wooden mixing spatulas to ensure they fold nicely with the seasoning. See notes.
    Marinating Pork Slices
  3. Let the marinated pork rest for 10 minutes if you can spare the time. This will further allow the pork to tenderize and absorb the flavor. Give the pork slices a good mixing from time to time.

Prepare Green Onions and Ginger:

  1. While you are waiting for the pork marinating process, prepare green onions and ginger.
    Chopped Green Onion and Julienne Cut Ginger

Stir Fry Marinated Pork Slices:

  1. Turn the heat to medium-high and heat the Wok for 1 minute.
  2. Spray about 1 tsp of canola oil using a homemade oil sprayer and then add green onions stir for about 10 seconds or till fragrant, and add the marinated pork slices.
    Stir Fry Marinated Pork Slices
  3. Toss, fold and mix until all pork slices are cooked, about 4 minutes.
    Stir Fried Pork Slices {Ready for Pork Slices with Vegetable Stir Fry}
    Stir Fried Pork Slices
  4. All done! You are now ready to make a super tasty pork slice stir fry with vegetables.
    Stir Fried Winter Bamboo and Pork Slices {冬笋炒肉丝}

Notes

  • When you initially add all the marinating condiments, it may appear there is too much liquid. But don’t worry, keep mixing and allowing the pork to absorb the seasoning.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 841mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 37g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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