The secret to stir-frying is the heat. You need a high heat to cook the ingredients quickly and prevent them from stewing in their own juices. That way, your stir-fries will always be fresh and crisp, not limp and soggy.
Asian leafy greens such as bok choy, choy sum, ong choy and gai lum are tops for nutrition, being rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, fibre and many B vitamins. Surprisingly, they can also contribute a lot of calcium and iron. Best of all, they are low in kilojoules with almost no fat. All good reasons to tuck into them!
Time: 20 minutes
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 500g pork fillet, trimmed and sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 bunches baby bok choy, quartered
- 1 bunch broccolini
- 100g snow peas
- 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
- 1/4 cup lime or lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
- rice or noodles to serve
Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan on high. Stir-fry the pork in two batches for 2–3 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add the onion, garlic and ginger to the wok and stir-fry for 1–2 minutes until just tender.
Return the pork to the wok with the baby bok choy, broccolini, peas, sweet chilli sauce, citrus juice and soy sauce. Stir-fry for 2–3 minutes until greens are just beginning to wilt.
Sprinkle with coriander and serve immediately with steamed rice or noodles.
Recipe taken from Zest, by Catherine Saxelby and Jennene Plummer
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Published by Hardie Grant