Pork and Peapods Stir-fry

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Outstation again and I’m calling it a day after hours of working on a new project. But before I take a shower and watch the season finale of CSI tonight at AXN Asia, lemme share this recipe; another variation of peapods stir-fry. (Yeah, I have all my food photos with me for blogging hehehehehe….) Not only a much simpler method than the one with cornstarch for a thicker sauce, this is also about meat and vegetables in its natural flavor you’re gonna love even the crunchy onion slices.

Lean pork, sliced into thin strips (beef is better, actually)
Minsed garlic
Sliced onion
5 tbsp of soy sauce
Salt & pepper

Combine soy sauce, a dash of salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir in the strips of pork. Cover and let stand for at least 30 minutes or while preparing the other ingredients.

Heat oil in a wok over medium heat and fry garlic until aromatic. Throw in half of the onion slices and stir-fry for a minute. Add in the peapods and the remaining onion and stir-fry for half a minute. Add about 1/2 cup of water (or more as desired), season with salt and pepper, and cook until peapods and the 2nd batch of onions are al dente. Transfer to a serving platter.

Add oil to the wok; heat until smoking hot. Throw in the pork strips and brown, stir-frying for about 2 minutes or so until cooked through. Serve immediately with the cooked vegetables. Yummy!

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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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