Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Aforementioned Supper

Supper. I'm not sure why I have always used that term. Dinner. Supper. Din-din. Grub. Feast.

Anyhow. For din-din the other night we had a delicious spicy pork with asparagus and brown rice. Thank you Bon Appetit for the inspiration. I have always been a very picky eater when it comes to Asian food. I think the 4 years living in Japan got to me and  I will now not settle for anything but the best.

The best in Houston. Tay-Do. Hubby, thank you for already knowing the best Chinese-Vietnamese joint in town. You're the fried to my rice. The pork to my vermicelli. The egg to my roll.

Let's get this recipe rolling.

Here's what you need:

3 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp. Sherry or Sake
2 tsp. corn starch
1 lb. ground pork
3 tsp. Asian sesame oil
12 ounces medium asparagus spears, cut and trimmed to 1/2 inch pieces
1 green jalapeno pepper, minced with seeds
1 Tbsp. minced and peeled ginger
2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce
1 tsp. honey
2 green onions, thinly sliced

And a little something that I like to add to most dishes. 1 minced clove of...

And here is what you do... apologies in advance for lack of photos. This meal is quick. Stir fry crazy. To try and take pictures on my first meal to blog was a huge undertaking that I wasn't willing to take. One day. I'll dream big.

Whisk together 1 tablespoon of the soy, sherry, and cornstarch in a bowl. Toss the pork in with it and let it marinate for a bit. I had it marinate while I chopped up and measured things.

If you're savvy and have a gas stove and a wok on hand, then grab that out. If you have an electric stove as the Felder's do, then you'll have to settle with a nice, deep skillet.

Heat the wok/skillet to high heat. Once it's hot (you can sprinkle some water on it and if it is sizzling then it's good) THEN put enough oil in the pan to coat it (2-3 teaspoons). Lesson #1 from Mark. Heat the pan, then put the oil on it. Wise man right there.

Toss in the asparagus, jalapeno, garlic, and ginger. Stir that stuff around for about 3 minutes. By now your kitchen smells heavenly. After 3 minutes transfer that mixture to a plate.

Now. Add a bit more oil to the pan and then throw in the pork. Using a spoon, break up the pork into small pieces and stir it all around.

After about 4 minutes go by add the asparagus mixture to the pan again. Then, throw in the mixture of 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and the honey. Stir that around for about 2 minutes. Mark and I ended up adding a bit of water to moisten it up a bit.

When the mixture is looking good and complete put it on a nice platter, add the green onions for some extra garnish, and season it with salt and pepper. Put it on a plate with some yummy rice and you are golden.

Apologies on the not so great looking picture. We threw it on the plate because of how starving we were.

This dish ends up making enough for 2 and some leftovers.

So mom & dad. This means you should make it. Enough for the two of you and some leftovers. Dad loves leftovers. You don't need the Felder's to get a Felder meal anymore ;)


  1. Oh... that looks great!! But we DO need the Felders to make it;) Somehow I think ours just wouldn't be as good. Maybe I'll give this one a try though!

  2. man yall are more chinese than me!


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