I am a prolific writer, a voracious reader, and a food addict.
Of late, I have been telling my readers a lot about how to make cakes, smoothies, desserts, and sweet dishes. I need to take a break. Now I want to share my kitchen secrets about making something hot, something very spicy, and something that can change an entire mood of a party. It has to be an appetizer that can be made without any elaborate preparation. You see, I always focus on making my recipes simple. There is nothing ceremonial about them. They have to be very simple like us, like our everyday lives. The recipes will have to be so easy that anybody and everybody can make them. Yet they have to be unique, and they have an immaculate flavor.
Last Friday there was a small party in our home. You can call it a "TGIF party." Many of our friends dropped in. Everybody unanimously appreciated this appetizer, one I made without a lot of effort. They even suggested that I should make it every time I throw a party in my home, and some even wanted the recipe for themselves.
My chili pork became the star of the party! Seriously, all their compliments made my day.
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1 hour 25 min
- 300 grams stew-cut pork, boneless
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, sliced
- 3 - 4 green chilis, sliced
- 3 - 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1/2 inch ginger, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup spring onion, finely chopped
- 1 egg, fresh
- 1/2 cup cornflour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons white pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoon Chinese salt (optional)
- 2 teaspoons vinegar
- 2 tablesppons dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon red chili sauce
- 1/2 cup oil
- In a bowl, marinate pork pieces with soy sauce, vinegar, white pepper powder, Chinese salt, and egg for 1 hour.
- Drain off the excess marinade from the meat, coat them generously in cornflour, and deep-fry them in hot oil until they turn crispy and golden brown in color.
- Soak off the excess oil from the fried pork pieces with the help of a tissue paper.
- Next, lightly fry the mushrooms and then set them aside.
- Temper the oil with freshly sliced ginger, garlic, and green chili.
- Add the onions and the multi-colored bell peppers next and fry them in high heat until they turn crispy.
- Add the fried mushroom to the pan and toss the veggies together.
- Next add salt, white pepper powder, vinegar, soy sauce, and chili sauce. Blend them well.
- Finally, add the fried pork pieces. Before turning off the heat, sprinkle some Chinese salt and sugar in and toss everything for the last time.
- Sprinkle the bowl with some freshly chopped spring onions before serving. Your tasty chili pork appetizer is ready to rock the party!
Please Rate My Recipe
What Kind of Pork Should You Use?
I bought stew-cut pork meat from Walmart. It was boneless. It was already cubed, so I saved myself time. You can also check your local market or departmental store for fat-free pork meat. Those who do not want to use pork, replace it with boneless chicken cubes.
- I love mushroom for its meaty texture. It helps in adding taste to the dish. If you do not like mushrooms you can replace it with carrots and celery. More and more veggies will definitely add on to the taste of this dish.
- I cooked the entire dish in a frying pan, but Chinese dishes like chili pork are prepared best in a wok. Use one for better results.
Love Pork, Eat Pork
Pork, or pig meat, is widely consumed worldwide. Still, it has a handful of fans among Indians, especially Hindus. As a Hindu myself, I love pork like anything; I am a self-proclaimed voracious eater. Everything that will taste good under the sun can find a route to my stomach. I love this meat for its rich and succulent taste. The meat can be eaten freshly cooked, as in this recipe, or it can be preserved in the form of ham and sausages and eaten later. In both the case, it tastes great.
Chinese cuisine encourages the use of pork for its sweet and distinct flavor. Chinese chili pork, as well as sweet and sour pork, are among two of the most famous Chinese dishes in the world. Like chicken, pork can be easily cooked. Although pork is a red meat, fat-trimmed pork meat is healthier than beef or lamb meat and is quite comparable to turkey meat in terms of calories. The U.S. National Pork Board has declared pork to be the "other white meat," making it similar to chicken and turkey. So if you love pork, eat it without guilt!
In addition to hard or soft drinks, hot chili pork goes exceedingly well with Chinese fried rice or Chinese fried noodles.
© 2014 Deblina Banerjee