Nov 20, 2023

Looking for Another Rice-Killing Dish? Try This Pork Strips Wood Ear and Cilantro Stir-Fry

Even though there're pork strips and wood ear, but the key to this recipe is actually cilantro. The usual flavor-booster in many Chinese dishes, a little bit here and there for a refreshing touch. But this time, we're putting the spotlight right on it. Not just a spoonful, but one big handful of cilantro adding to the stir-fry.

Pork strips wood ear and cilantro stir-fry - 

Pork strips wood ear and cilantro stir-fry


  • 1 handful/small bundle cilantro
  • 220 grams pork strips
  • 200 grams fresh wood ear
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 red chili
  • 2 tablespoons light-tasting cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon pickled chilies (泡椒)


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice cooking wine


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


If you can't find pork strips, simply use pork belly and slice into strips yourself. A bit more work but manageable. Marinate the pork strips with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Chinese rice cooking wine. Give it a quick mix and massage, keep it aside while prepping other ingredients.

Marinating pork strips

I like to rinse the wood ear with hot water before using it. Mostly for cleaning and to wash-away excess slimy thing on the outside. Once ready, trim-off the tougher center for the fresh wood ear then slice to strips.

Fresh wood ear sliced to strips

Peel and chop the garlic cloves. Destem and chop the red chili. Trim-off the cilantro stems then section the remaining part to shorter pieces. Depending on the type of cilantro you have, some are tender even for the stem part. If you got tougher cilantro, it might be better to chop it instead of sectioned.

As for the pickled chilies, if you can't find the Chinese variety, I think the Mexican pickled jalapeños are just as delicious, and definitely much spicier, so be careful if you're substituting with jalapeños.

Bring out a pan and drizzle 2 tablespoons of preferred cooking oil. Switch to medium heat or medium high heat. Add in pork strips together with chopped garlic and chopped chili. Give it a quick stir-fry till the pork nearly turns all white.

Cooking pork strips with garlic and chili

Add in all the ingredients listed under the "sauce" section. Also add 1 teaspoon of pickled chilies. Give it a quick mix.

Adding sauce for pork strips stir-fry

Add in wood dear and cook for about a minute. Transfer cilantro over and cook for 30 seconds or so.

Pork strips wood ear and cilantro stir-fry

Taste and adjust if needed. Once the flavor has been checked, plate and serve.

Pork strips wood ear and cilantro stir-fry

Even though it's more of a Chinese dish, but Chinese pickled chilies can be hard to find, even for me in Taiwan unless I'm up for making it from scratch. Interestingly Mexican jalapeños happened to be a wonderful alternative. I can imagine the end result is tasty, if not even more delicious, and definitely packed with fiery heat. 

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