Recipe: Take Out Fake Out Sweet and Spicy Pork

I have an addiction. It’s called Recipe Bookmarking. I have pages and pages just waiting for the perfect occasion or meal. One such bookmarked recipe was this one from Iowa Girl Eats that I finally made and quickly became one of my favorite dishes ever. This also became an instant favorite because it’s another take out fake out dish, which I love so much. I took the recipe, made it my own, and here it is.

Kim’s Take Out Fake Out Sweet and Spicy Pork
1.5 lbs. pork, cut into strips or cubes
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1-2 tbsp. EVOO
1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tsp. crushed garlic
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. pepper (I use Penzey’s California Pepper)
1/2 tsp. red pepper flake
1/2 tsp. Chinese 5 spice
1/2 cup soy sauce (I use Soyaki)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup brown rice

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Mix your spices, garlic, and sugar together in a bowl. Add soy sauce and water, set aside.

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Cut/cube your pork, toss in the cornstarch. A little bit of excess is ok, it will thicken your sauce later.

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Meanwhile, get your rice cooking (I use a 3:1 ratio of water to rice because I like it very fluffy).

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Start by heating your sauce and asparagus over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil and cook until the asparagus is tender. Set aside in a small bowl. You could also saute your asparagus to brown it then add the sauce, I’ve done that too and it’s delicious.

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In the same pan add your EVOO and pork over medium heat. Brown the pork on both sides.

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When your pork is browned to your liking, add your sauce and asparagus back in. Let it cook together for another 5-10 minutes over medium heat or until the pork is cooked through and the sauce thickens up.

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Serve over your rice and enjoy! This recipe was the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. One of my all time favorite food combinations! You’ve got to try this one.

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Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

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