Sunday, January 15, 2017

Yu xiang rou si

Fish-fragrant pork slivers

A small handful of dried cloud ear mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 30 min
10oz boneless pork loin (~2 chops) with a little fat, cut into 1/8 inch slivers
2/3 cup bamboo shoots or 2 celery stalks
peanut oil
2 tbsp pickled chili paste
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 tsp finely chopped ginger
2 scallions, green parts, very thinly sliced

1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp potato flour or 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water
1 tsp Shaoxing rice wine

1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp Chinkiang or black Chinese vinegar
3/4 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp potato flour or 1 1/8 tsp cornstarch + 3 tbsp stock or water

Mix marinade, add pork.
Blanch bamboo shoots in boiling water for a minute, rinse in cold water, then cut in fine strips to match pork. Or cut celery into thin strips, salt, wait 15 minutes.
Mix the sauce.
Heat oil, stir-fry pork. As soon as the strips separate, push them to one side, and put the chili paste into the wok. Stir fry briefly, then add garlic and ginger. Stir fry 30 seconds, until aromatic, then add bamboo and mushrooms and stir fry briefly until just hot.
Add the sauce. Add the scallions, serve.

Source: Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Dunlop

Mapo doufu

AKA ma po to fu, ma po tofu, mapo tofu, or whatever else I might be text-searching for.

1 lb tofu
4 green onions or baby leeks, green parts, sliced at an angle into "horse ears"
4 tbsp oil
2 1/2 tbsp sichuan chili bean paste (douban jiang)
1 tbsp fermented black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp ground red chilies
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup stock or water
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 tsp potato flour + 2 tbsp cold water
ground roasted sichuan pepper

Cut tofu into 3/4 inch cubes and steep in hot, lightly salted water (not boiling).
Heat wok on high, add oil, reduce to medium, add chili bean paste and fry until it's red. Add black beans and chilies, then ginger and garlic. Don't overheat seasonings.

Remove tofu from water, put it in the wok. Mix it around gently so you don't break the cubes. Add stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer. Add green onions/leeks, and then the thickening flour+water mix as much as needed.

Top with sichuan pepper and serve.

Source: Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop