Stir-fry asparagus

Pork & Asparagus Stir-fry

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It’s been a while since I posted a stir-fry dish. This one is a personal favorite especially when you’re in a rush to cook a decent dinner. It’s ready as soon as your rice cooker clicks.

Lean pork strips
1/2 cup of soy sauce
Fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces, the thick ones halved
4-5 tbsp of crushed garlic
1 onion, sliced thinly
Chopped tomatoes

Combine about soy sauce and pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir in pork strips. Set aside, marinate for at least 30 minutes or while preparing the other ingredients.

Heat oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry garlic until aromatic. Throw in half of the onion slices and tomatoes and stir-fry until soft. Add about 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil. Throw in asparagus and the remaining onion slices and tomatoes and boil. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer until al dente. Transfer to a serving platter.

Heat about 2-3 tablespoons of oil in the same pan over high heat until smoking hot. Throw in the marinated pork strips and stir-fry until browned for about 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked through; covering with a lid from time to time. Immediately serve over cooked vegetables. Don’t forget your rice.

Food Friday.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

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