Water Pork

Water Pork

INGREDIENTS:

  • Half pound pork, sliced thin
  • Marinade: tablespoon soy sauce, tablespoon red cooking wine, half tablespoon corn starch
  • 4 cups chicken stock (can boil four cups water with 2-3 chicken bouillon cubes)
  • 2-3 tablespoons corn starch mixed with enough water to make a liquid paste
  • 2-3 fresh red chili peppers, sliced
  • Half-inch piece of large leak, sliced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 4-5 dried red chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon red Sichuan pepper corns
  • 1 teaspoon green Sichuan pepper corns
  • 3 tablespoons red broad bean chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon black bean chili paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons red chili pepper flakes (crushed)
  • Two handfuls or so of small Chinese cabbage, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil for topping at end

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the sliced pork in the marinade and set aside.
  2. Heat the tablespoon of peanut oil in a wok on high and stir fry dried red chili peppers, green Sichuan pepper corns, and red Sichuan pepper corns for a minute.
  3. Add the garlic, leaks, and fresh red chili peppers and stir fry for a minute.
  4. Add a little of the chicken stock and then add the red broad bean chili paste and the black bean chili paste and mix well.
  5. Add the rest of the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  6. Add the cabbage and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove the cabbage and place in a serving bowl.
  7. Keep the broth boiling and add the sliced pork; return to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes until done but still tender. Remove the pork slices and place on top of the cabbage.
  8. Slowly stir the corn starch-water mixture into the broth and maintain a slow boil until the broth is thickened, but not too thick like gravy.
  9. Pour the thickened broth on top of the cabbage and pork to cover.
  10. Sprinkle with the red chili pepper flakes.
  11. Heat the 1/4 cup of peanut oil in a small pan until barely smoking, and carefully pour on top of the pepper flakes in bowl. CAUTION: the hot oil will sizzle and splatter.