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Spicy Chinese Pork @UpsideDownPear

I know that I call this Chinese, but then use a Korean ingredient in it. Just roll with me. The end result tastes (at least in my opinion) must more like a dish at your favorite Chinese joint rather than something that came out of a Korean kitchen. I will say that you’ll probably need to hit up your Asian grocery store for a few of the items, though I have seen more of the bigger grocery stores carrying most of these ingredients.

Spicy Chinese Pork @UpsideDownPear

You can add your favorite veggies to this. The first time I made this, we added broccoli. The next time, we had run out of broccoli but we did have mushrooms and bell peppers. So naturally, in they went. We also add quite a bit of spice. We didn’t find it to be a burn your mouth off type of spice, but more of a nice slow burn. However, if spice isn’t your thing, then you can even take out the pepper flakes and add less of the gochujang.

Spicy Chinese Pork @UpsideDownPear

The only thing I wouldn’t change is the soy sauce. You really do need to find a light and a dark (which I think is the regular kind). Light does not equal low sodium. It’s mostly a color difference and gives the dish a deeper flavor. Using only the regular soy sauce makes the dish overly salty and too heavy. Out of everything, finding the light soy sauce might be the hardest. I never would have thought to use this had I not come across the blog The Woks of Life. It’s a super awesome blog by a cute Chinese-American family. The mom, dad, and two daughters all contribute recipes which look amazing. If you like Chinese food (though they do have more than just that), I highly recommend checking out their site.

Spicy Chinese Pork

  Spicy Chinese Pork
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 pound of ground pork
2 tablespoons of mirin
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
4 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
3 stalks of celery, sliced
1 clove of garlic, diced
3 teaspoons of chili oil
4 tablespoons of light soy sauce
2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons of gochujang (red pepper paste)
Red pepper flakes
1) Pour the oil into a big pan on the stove. Over medium heat cook the pork. Add the mirin to the pork.
2) Make sure the pork is fully cooked before adding the vegetables. Add in the chili oil and both soy sauces. Stir until all is well coated. Add in the gochujang and stir in until well mixed. If desired, add in the red pepper flakes to taste. Turn the heat to low, cover, and let cook for about 10 minutes. Serve over noodles or rice.


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