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Bean Sprouts (Mung Bean) and Pork Stirfry

All recipe posts are written by our co-founder Jennifer J. Yoo unless otherwise noted. 
Bean sprouts(young, sprouted mung beans) are hugely popular in Asian cooking and pops up all over from stir fries to soups. You may have also noticed it make an appearance as a topping in your bibimbap or as part of the array of banchan during your last Korean BBQ outing. I have started to use this super healthy (packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Iron) vegetable at home more often - it adds a great crunch to stir fries, makes a lovely banchan/side dish when simply poached and seasoned, and brings a refreshing, light flavor to your broth. This dish is my take on a bean sprout and bacon stir fry I encountered at my local Izakaya(Japanese pub). Should you have any left over, heat it up and add a fried egg on top for a hearty breakfast.

TIME    20 minutes  

INGREDIENTS

Marinade for pork
*You can replace with bacon but if using bacon, you can omit the soy sauce and mirin in the marinade for the pork and add the ginger into the sauce 

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Rinse cucumber and slice it into thin discs. Add the cucumber slices into a warm bowl of salt water and let it sit for at least 5-10 minutes.  
    2. Cut beef into thin slices. Add beef into the bowl and add all of the beef marinade ingredients. Set aside. 
    3. Drain cucumber and gently squeeze to get excess water out. Too much water will make your salad into a gooey mess so make sure you get as much water out as possible. However, be gentle as you want to make sure the cucumber slices keep its shape. 
    4. In a heated pan, add cucumbers and cook for about 3 minutes. Because the slices are thin, it will cook fairly quickly. Cucumber slices should still have a bite. Once cooked, set cucumbers into a mixing bowl and set it aside. 
    5. Cook the marinaded beef slices into the pan and cook until beef is no longer pink. Add into the bowl alongside the cucumber slices. 
    6. Mix it all together, finish it with sesame seeds and salt and pepper to taste. 

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