Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry

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1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 tsp of sesame oil
1/4 kilo of pork (or beef or chicken), sliced into 1 inch strips
1 onion, chopped
4-5 tbsp of crushed garlic
a piece of ginger, cut into strips
broccoli florets (stems also included and cut into strips)
red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 tbsp. cornstarch
salt and pepper

Combine 5 tbsp of soy sauce and sesame oil in a bowl. Add the pork strips to coat and marinate for 30 minutes or more.

In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup of water with a pinch of salt, a dash of pepper, cornstarch and the remaining soy sauce. Mix well and set aside.

Heat oil in a pan over medium to high heat. Throw in the pork strips and stir-fry for about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add little oil to the pan and heat again. Stir-fry garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add in the onion and stir-fry for a minute. Pour 1/2 cup of water and bring to boil. Add in the broccoli and red bell pepper and continue stir-frying for about 2 minutes or until tender crisp. Return the cooked pork plus the reserved marinade mixture to the pan. Mix thoroughly and stir-fry for about 30 seconds or until the sauce thickens. Enjoy!

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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.

2 thoughts on “Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry

  1. Well, tiempong-tiempo Iska, mura ang brocolli dito sa atin ngayon, hehehe.

    I will definitely try this one dahil pati ang anak ko favorite din ang brocolli.

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