Stir-Fry of Pork with Vietnamese Flavors

May/June 1995

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This easy stir-fry explores the exquisite flavors of Vietnamese cuisine.

"This is one of my favorite recipes. I make it frequently for friends and family. I often prepare it a day ahead, and I like more sauce so I double up there. It is quick to make. The complex flavors get rave reviews. "
Stir-Fry of Pork with Vietnamese Flavors

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups finely sliced onions, (2-4 onions)
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Combine ginger, peppers, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of the orange juice, cornstarch and black pepper in a shallow dish. Add pork and toss to coat it with marinade. Set aside to marinate for 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Mix sugar, the remaining 2 tablespoons fish sauce and 1 tablespoon orange juice in a small bowl.
  3. Heat a wok over high heat. Swirl in 1 teaspoon of the oil. Add onions and cook, stirring, until limp and caramelized, about 5 minutes. Transfer the onions to a plate. Wipe out the pan. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan and increase heat to high. Slowly drop in pork and stir-fry until browned and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the reserved fish sauce/orange juice mixture and the reserved onions; toss until the pork is coated with sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve over rice.


Per serving: 243 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 68 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 3 g added sugars; 25 g protein; 3 g fiber; 575 mg sodium; 615 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (44% daily value), Vitamin C (28% dv), Potassium (18% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 3 lean meat

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