Stir-fry Pork with Vegetables
This is a simple & homely Chinese stir-fry pork with assorted vegetables (baby corn, carrot, snow peas & red capsicum). It is a balanced dish that goes well with rice. A reader asked how to make meat tender when stir frying with vegetables and I have just the recipe for that. I tested with the cheapest cut of stir-fry pork (lean pork) and the meat still turned out very tender.
Tips for tender pork after cooking. The first trick was taught by my mum. She told me to always slice meat thinly against the grain at a diagonal angle. The second tip is to marinade the sliced pork in Chinese wine, soy sauce and cornstarch for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, or longer (up to overnight) if you can. This trio-ingredient combo helps greatly to tenderize the meat naturally. Lastly, do not to overcook the pork in the wok. With these simple steps, even the cheap cut of lean pork I used turned out tender and delicious.
Of course, you can still spurge on more premium cuts, such as tenderloin pork (腰肉), shoulder butt (梅花肉) or belly (五花肉). But trust me, the lean pork I bought is so tender after cooking that my family loves it alongside the most expensive cuts I used before. So I’ll probably be buying more lean pork in future to stretch my marketing dollar :)
Those pork slices look super tender!
Thank you for responding to my query. I will try this out. Thank you!
hope you like it!
One “everything” side-dish does it all 有菜有肉 :D
Cooked this dish. It was delicious. But i noticed you missed out 2 of your ingredients in your ingredients list. Ginger and garlic.
Glad you like it, and thanks for pointing out the missing ingredients :) I amended the recipe.
Running out of recipes during this two month circuit breaker! Chanced upon this and I simply have to try it! Noticed you didn’t add how much sesame oil and I think u meant cooked meat until it is opaque and no longer pink?
Trying the recipe shortly!
Yes you are right; thanks for pointing these out to me, I’ve amended the recipe. Hope you like it & happy cooking!
Thanks Wiffy! We loved it, one Pot meal with meat and so many choices of vegetables! Super easy too! Thank you so much! Such a pretty dish too, going to cook this regularly!
Your blog is a lifesaver, thanks for these recipes! Any tips on how to keep the pork tender? I’m using tenderloin pork but it tends to taste a bit dry after I’m done.
Hi and thanks! If you are using tenderloin it’d be much easier to keep them tender. You can add 1-2 tbsp water to keep them more moist during the stir-fry. Don’t overcook the pork slices as they cook pretty fast.