With a few tricks and the proper garnish, a little ground pork will go a long way. Marinate the ground pork, stir fry, add green beans, tofu and a thickened sauce. Easy, fast, tasty and only one cooking pan is needed. Ladle the ground pork, green beans and tofu stir fry over rice, drizzle in some sauce, sprinkle with fried garlic and happy eating!
Cooking with inexpensive ingredients does not always mean you’re going to get a mediocre meal. Take this stir fry, for instance. You’d think that it isn’t possible to feed three people with 250 grams of ground pork. You can, actually. But for carnivores (like my husband and younger daughter) to feel satisfied, the meat has to be rocking tasty. How to do that? Marinate the ground pork prior to cooking.
Sounds OA? Ground pork is, well… the pieces are already so small… Surely, the meat pieces are already capable of soaking up the seasonings during stir frying? Why marinate at all? Easy to judge when you have’t tried it, eh? Do your own experiment. Make this dish (or something similar) twice. The first time, do not marinate the ground pork. The next time, marinate the meat for 30 minutes prior to cooking. See which tastes better.
It’s a trick I learned through a journey on a long and winding road. Like many cooks, I always assumed that there was no earthly reason to marinate ground pork. It just sounded like more work and more kitchen utensils to wash. Then, I tried it. And I have never looked back.
Ground Pork, Green Beans and Tofu Stir Fry
To marinate the pork
- 250 grams ground pork with at least 20% fat
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sweet rice wine (mirin or sake should be perfect)
- 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
To complete the dish
Marinate the ground pork
Place the ground pork in a bowl. Add the soy sauce, rice wine and ginger. Mix well. Cover the bowl and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Prep the rest of the ingredients
About five minutes before the marinating time is up, string the beans and cut into one-inch lengths.
Peel and roughly chop the shallot.
Peel and mince the garlic.
Cut the tofu into half-inch cubes.
Make a simple sauce by mixing together the bone broth, tapioca starch, pepper and sesame seed oil.
Stir fry the dish
Heat the cooking oil in a work or frying pan.
Spread the ground pork on the hot oiled wok, leaving behind any liquid in the bowl in which it was marinated. Save the liquid.
Stir fry the ground pork for about three minutes or until just starting to brown.
Pour in any leftover marinade and sprinkle in the sugar. Continue stir frying until the liquid has been absorbed.
Add the green beans, sliced shallots and garlic. Stir fry until the beans are almost done, about three minutes.
Add the tofu and toss.
Stir the sauce to make sure that the starch to disperse any starch that has settled on the bottom, then pour into the pan. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is thick and clear.
Taste. Add salt, as needed. Toss to blend.
Sprinkle with fried garlic before serving.