Monthly Archives: May 2014

Vietnamese Caramel Pork Stir Fry

VietnameseCaramelPorkStirFry

Here is another tasty asian stir fry. I think adding the cabbage at the very end to the skillet, allowing it to wilt a little would be better.

Vietnamese Caramel Pork Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head napa cabbage, sliced
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly torn cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups cooked brown jasmine rice, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat.
  2. Season the pork with the salt and pepper.
  3. Add the oil to the skillet and once it’s hot, add the pork.
  4. Cook until seared and golden brown on all sides, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Remove the pork from the wok and place it aside in a bowl.
  6. Add the onion, ginger and garlic to the skillet, stirring to toss.
  7. Cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. In a bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, sugar, soy sauce, cornstarch, vinegar and pepper flakes.
  9. Pour it into the skillet and bring it to a boil.
  10. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  11. Add the pork and red pepper into the wok, tossing to coat and cook for another 2 minutes.
  12. Serve immediately over brown jasmine rice.
  13. Top with the cabbage, peanuts, cilantro and a spritz of lime.

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Cucumber Margarita

CucumberMargarita

My lovely wife found this refreshing cocktail I know not where. She was looking for drinks that had her favorite gin in them, Hendricks. But we were having Mexican food. This was a wonderful compromise. I used our favorite blanco tequila, Herradura Silver. This is definitely a refreshing drink to have with spicy food.

Cucumber Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz blanco tequila
  • 1/2 oz Hendricks gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz domaine de canton ginger liqueur
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3 cucumber slices

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients except one cucumber slice into a shaker.
  2. Add medium sized ice cubes.
  3. Shake it like you mean it for a full minute.
  4. Strain into your favorite margarita glass.
  5. Garnish with the remaining cucumber slice.

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