Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mu Shu Pork

The second major major star of my Chinese dinner was Mu Shu Pork. I'd like to try this with chicken next. I had some trouble finding the recipe from Chinese Cookery, by Rose Cheng and Michele Morris, but this version from Recipezaar looks like it might be right.

--2 tbsp Soy Sauce, then 2 tbsp
--1 tbsp Dry Sherry, then 1 tbsp
--1 tsp Hoisin Sauce, then more to serve
--1/2 lb boneless lean Pork, shaved into very thin bite sized pieces
--4 Dried Black Mushrooms (or 8 Button Mushrooms)
--2 cups finely-shredded Napa Cabbage
--1 Carrot, julienned
--3 Scallions, white and light green parts, slivered
--1 cup Bean Sprouts
--3 tbsp Peanut Oil
--2 Eggs, lightly beaten with 1/2 tsp Salt
--3 Garlic cloves, minced
--3 tsp Freshly-grated Ginger
--3 tbsp Chicken Stock
--2 tsp Sesame Oil
--1 tsp Sugar
--Mandarin Pancakes

Combine 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sherry and 1 tsp hoisin sauce in a bowl. Add the pork, toss to coat evenly, cover, refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, soak the mushrooms in enough hot water to cover for 20 minutes (no soaking if using button mushrooms). Drain and thinly slice. Set aside on a plate, along with the cabbage, carrot and scallions.

Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil and swirl to coat. Pour in the eggs, swirling and tilting the wok to form a thin film. Cook just until the eggs are set and feel dry on top, about 1 minute. Transfer to a platter, let cool slightly and cut into 1 inch strips. Return the wok to high heat, and swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add the garlic, and ginger, and stir-fry to release the aromas, about 1 minute. Add the pork and stir-fry until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved mushrooms, cabbage, carrot, bean sprouts, and scallions, along with the chicken stock, and stir-fry another 2 minutes. Stir in 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sherry, sesame oil, and sugar, and cook, stirring until sauce boils, about 1 minute. Add egg strips and mix well.

To serve, spread a small amount of hoisin sauce on a warm Mandarin Pancake. Spoon about 1/2 cup mu shu mixture in center of pancake and wrap like a burrito, folding the ends to close.

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