There are some days when you just don’t feel like cooking anything that involves a lot of work, yet you want something quick and easy that is delicious and fills your tummy. I found some lean pork in my freezer and a packet of fresh shiitake mushrooms so rustled this up one evening to pair off with steaming hot white rice and it was indeed delicious!
Here’s my simple recipe for quick and easy pork strips with fresh shitake mushrooms. It is a variation of a recipe that almost any Chinese household would be able to rustle up given the ingredients which are in plentiful supply. If you prefer, you can use strips of chicken instead. If you use chicken, use the breast meat.
- 200g fresh shitake mushrooms
- 200g lean pork sliced into strips
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- half tsp of soy sauce
- 1 tbsp of oyster sauce
- dash of ground white pepper
- 1 tsp of tapioca flour or corn flour
- Mix the soy sauce, oyster sauce, pepper and tapioca flour with the pork strips and leave aside for about 15 minutes to marinade.
- Wash the mushrooms and slice in to halves or leave whole if small.
- In a hot pan, stirfry the chopped garlic until fragrant but not brown.
- Add the pork strips and stir fry until all sides are browned.
- Add the mushrooms and continue stir-frying. You will find that there will be some water collecting in the pan from the mushrooms. Taste and add more soy sauce if necessary but I usually find its unnecessary.
- You can dish out and serve once the mushrooms are cooked or if you prefer more gravy, add some water into the pan, cover and let it braise a little while.
When I cook this, I usually cook up extra and freeze 1 person portions because it makes a good meat dish for use in bento lunch boxes. Just heat it up in the morning or in the office microwave and you have a hot delicious lunch that your colleagues will envy!