When I went off to college and moved into an apartment, I would call my Dad (he was the cook in our family) for advice on cooking. “Dad, what kind of meat do I use for stir fries? I learned the hard way that beef chuck was not the right choice. How do I make corn soup, steamed pork patty? Invariably, I wanted to learn how to make dishes I had grown up eating, food that reminded me of home and family.
Everything comes full circle, now my kids are calling me for recipes and tips on how to make the dishes they love. Fortunately, many of the dishes are simple and quick, perfect for a student’s lifestyle not to mention for families always on the go. This is one such dish, its easy, versatile and inexpensive, ok, cheap. Adapted from Chubby Hubby, “Simple Minced Pork” is the Asian version of Sloppy Joes. You can serve it over rice or noodles, you can make it with ground turkey or chicken instead of pork or use any kind of mushroom, like creminis instead of shiitake…it’s really up to you. If your going low carb, use it as filling for a wrap made with lettuce or serve it over zucchini noodles (Check out White on Rice blog for noodles) the sky is the limit!
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 400g ground pork or chicken or turkey
- 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stalks removed, finely chopped or use creminis
- 4 green onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 of a small yellow onion, minced
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons sake
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1-2 T chicken stock or broth
- Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add yellow onion to pan, fry until onion softens and looks translucent. Add mushrooms, ginger and ground pork. Lower heat to medium. Add sake, mirin, soy sauce and chicken broth. As mixture cooks, break up the pork as much as possible. Stir-fry to reduce sauce and brown meat. Add green onions and cook for additional minute. Stir well and serve over rice (brown or white) or noodles.
- For a more substantial meal, serve with a poached egg or a Japanese style hard boiled egg.
- Goes well with Asian noodles with similar thickness to linguine or fettucine.