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Stir Fry Pork with Ginger and Spring Onions

Ginger & Scallions Pork

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Note: First posted in Mar 2010, now updated with new photos and improved recipe.

Ginger scallions (spring onions) pork stir-fry (姜葱猪肉) is one of my favourite childhood home-cooked recipe by my mum.

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This dish was where I got my training and headstart in eating chilli padi, for my mum would add an insane number of chilli padi into it and it was so choking hot for a child (I think most adults couldn’t handle it either), yet so satisfying. So I owe this dish & my mum for introducing me to the wonderful world of spicy foods.

Ginger & Scallions Pork

According to my mum, this dish is so simple that she could “cook it with her eyes closed” (show off, mummy hehe). But true to her words, this recipe requires very basic seasonings and is really straight forward. If you are looking for a yummy, fast and easy stir fry, this recipe is for you. A secret to this dish is to get the tenderloin cut for the pork. The tenderloin is more premium (it is usually at least double the price of normal cut) and recognisable by its longish cut (because it is located at the spine area). No matter how you cook it, the pork remains tender. My mum told me that women on confinement cook a version of this dish (with more ginger, more sesame oil and some hard liquor) with the tenderloin not because the cut is more nourishing, but because they want to pamper themselves as they are recuperating from childbirth. Luckily, nowadays we don’t have to wait until confinement or any special occasions to enjoy a better cut of meat for the family.

68 comments on “Stir Fry Pork with Ginger and Spring Onions”

  1. Thanks wiffy! because i was having a headache on what to cook next week for dinner- will do this and let u know how i went!!

  2. Hey Wiffy

    This is definitely one of my favourites dishes too! Yummy but because my hubby not much of a pork eater seldom cook pork dishes. But bought some tenderloin and going to cook this for dinner tonight. My mum and grandma used to cook this way back when I was young. Brings back fond memories very nostalcgic. Thanks again and cheers! Have a nice day and happy cooking this weekend.

    Your fan

    • Hi Kee, thanks for your note! Let me know how it goes. You can try the recipe with chicken next time, sometimes my mum cook it with chicken as well and it’s great.

  3. This recipe has helped me a great deal as I’m rather new to cooking. Thanks!

  4. hi, what brand & type of dark soya sauce do u use? thanks :)

  5. thank you for this recipe! i just had it for lunch and i had to know how to make it. maybe i make it tonight for dinner :-p

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  7. Hi wiffy, would u pl consider adding some photos of how to slice pork (and chicken) for stirfrys like this? Would be really helpful for noobcooks like me! Many thanks & I love your blog! ;)

  8. Thank you for sharing this recipe. This is how my mum used to cook this dish and i really missed it ^^.

  9. i love your blog, you make cooking look so effortless. :)
    I have been telling my friends that you are my virtual master in cooking. heehee
    i am cooking this dish tonight for dinner, can i add pig liver too? Do i add the liver last so it wont be overcooked?
    thank you for your advice.

  10. If I were to use chicken , which part of chicken would you recommend to buy from NTUC ?

    • If it were me, I will use boneless chicken thighs. This will keep the tenderness of the meat that was the intent of this recipe, when tenderloin pork was used. Hope it is helpful!

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