The Chinese New Year's Eve lands on Thursday, January 30th this time. However, even though it lands on a weekday, I believe that every Chinese people will not bypass even one single
I'll be off celebrating the upcoming "horse" year with tons of yummy goodies, but before diving into binge eating mode, here's a quick recipe post using Chinese chives, bean curd, and pork. See how responsible I am?!
- 1 big bundle of Chinese chives
- 6 garlic cloves
- 4 squares of savory bean curd
- 0.5 lb/about 2 big handful of pork strips (fattier part better)
- 1 tablespoon of mini red chilies
- 1 tablespoon of salted black beans 豆豉 (can be substitute with oyster sauce)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Simple marinade -
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine 米酒
Marinate the pork strips with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine for at least 15 minutes. Give the pork a nice massage with the marinade to help the flavors soak into the meat.
Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add in the bean curd squares. This step is like "washing" the bean curd and helps in removing any excess oil and flavorings. Just emerge in hot water for about a minute and there is no need to bring the water back to boil again. Remove the squares from water and pat dry.
Chop the bean curd into strips.
Discard the chives stems and chop the remaining, about 2 inches in length. Peel and slice the garlic cloves. Discard the chili stems and finely chop the chilies.
If you can't find these fiery hot mini chilies, just use 3 to 4 regular sized chilies as substitute.
Drizzle enough olive oil to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Add in garlic slices and chilies. Sear with medium heat till the garlic turns slightly browned but not burnt.
Turn to medium high heat. Add in the pork strips along with the remaining marinade. Cook till about 80% doneness.
Add in the bean curd strips and cook for another minute or two. Add in the chives and give it a quick stir. Lastly, add the salted black beans to round-up the flavors. Cook for 2 more minutes and dish is ready to serve.
Salted black beans can be a rare find items in the United States, especially a all natural, good quality one. In that case, you can omit the salted black beans and use 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce instead.