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Pork and Garlic Chives

All recipe posts are written by our co-founder Jennifer J. Yoo unless otherwise noted. 
Garlic chives, also known as Chinese chives, are not as commonly used in the U.S but used quite often in Asian cuisine. Not only is it tasty and easy to cook, it is also known to stimulate appetite, aid the digestive system, have diuretic properties, and promote blood circulation. I personally love it for its subtle garlicky flavor and its texture as it cooks. If you have trouble finding garlic chives, you can substitute with scallions (try to use ones that are thinner) but you should be able to locate it in your local Asian market. If you are able to, I recommend giving them a try. They are delicious!

I love Artisan Fermentary's 3 year aged soy sauce for this dish.  It has a funkiness that will remind you of Thai fish sauce and paired with the sugar, it creates this delicious flavor, similar to what you will taste in some Thai dishes. 

TIME   15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 oz Pork tenderloins, thinly sliced*
  • 1/2 lbs or about 8oz, Garlic chives 
  • 1 Teaspoon ginger, chopped fine
  • 2 Teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons 3 year aged soy sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon raw turbinado sugar**
  • 2-3 dried chili peppers (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon Infrared roasted sesame oil plus more to drizzle 
  • 1 Teaspoon Canola, avocado or grape seed oil***
* Try to find lean part of the pork and slice it thin as it will cook faster. Ask your butcher if they carry pork in thin cutlet or Scaloppine style. You can then cut it into strips.

** You can use light brown sugar or something of your preference in its place.

***Look for oil that can stand to high heat 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, add the sliced pork along with sesame oil, white pepper, 1 tablespoon of half of the soy sauce (1 TBSP) and half of the minced ginger (1/2 TSP) and minced garlic (1 TSP). Set it aside. 
  2. Chop the chives into about 2-3" in length.
  3. Add canola oil into a wok and when properly heated, add dried chili pepper (if using), rest of the minced garlic and ginger. Stir as it cooks and flavors the oil.
  4. Add chives and cook for about one minute. 
  5. Add pork, the rest of the soy sauce (1 TBSP) and sugar. Cook until pork is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes depending on how thin/small your pieces of pork are. 
  6. Drizzle sesame oil prior to serving. It goes great as a companion to steamed rice. 

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