Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Minced Pork & Green Beans

Minced Pork & Green Beans
Ah HAH! I totally get why I usually see this kind of dish in Chinese restaurants with pork rather than beef. It just tastes better. Maybe it's cuz these beans are the ones from my mom's garden so they're way sweeter than the ones you get from a grocery store. But this dish was definitely a taste of home.

Minced Pork & Green Beans
(serves 2-3)

  • 1/2 lb lean ground pork
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 1 lb green beans, cut into 2 inch long pieces
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger, sliced into slivers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  1. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, soy sauce, granulated garlic, 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil and sugar. Add ground pork and mix well. Let marinade for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Heat remaining oil in a wok on high heat. Add ginger and garlic. Cook until garlic is fragrant. Add in ground pork and brown, breaking it up into small pieces.
  3. When pork is almost all browned, add green beans, fish sauce and Hoisin sauce. Stir well. Cover with the lid and let it cook for 3-5 minutes, until the beans are tender crisp and meat is cooked through.
  4. Serve with a side of rice.