Napa Cabbage & Pork Stir-Fry with Peanuts
To make the pork easier to slice thinly, place it, unwrapped, on a plate in the freezer until firm and almost frozen, 30 to 45 minutes.Advertisement
Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, vinegar, rice wine (or sherry), 1 tablespoon ginger, garlic, five-spice powder, sugar and 1 teaspoon cornstarch in a bowl and place it near the stove.
Using a large, sharp knife, thinly slice the pork crosswise on the diagonal and spread out in a single layer on your cutting board. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cornstarch, turn the slices over and sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok or a large heavy skillet, such as cast iron, over high heat until shimmering. Add the pork in a single layer; cook without stirring until it starts to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Then cook, stirring, until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a clean plate.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and heat until shimmering. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon ginger, cabbage and peanuts and cook without stirring for 30 seconds. Then cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Stir the sauce and add to the pan along with the pork. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve sprinkled with scallions.
Chinese five-spice powder is available in well-stocked supermarkets and Asian markets. All blends contain cinnamon, fennel seed, cloves and star anise; some versions are made with white pepper, some with Szechuan pepper.
People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.
1 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat, 4 fat