Pork and Celery Stir Fry

pork loin and celery stir-fry with steamed rice

 

For over a decade, I taught preschool all around the world.  Which means that I have seen kids’ lunches from Seoul to Seattle.  Not only that but I’ve experienced the universal struggle of getting children to sit at a table and eat food.   Whether each meal is delightful or dreadful really depends on what’s on the menu and the company you share it with.

Overall, though, I had more good lunches than bad ones.  I also have to admit, having good food helped make those good days a success not only with kids but also with me.  After all, it’s difficult to get a child to eat a meal that you wouldn’t eat (and they don’t have the option of sneaking out to the noodle shop down the road for a tasty snack during nap time).

However, no matter where I found myself there was always one dish which, whenever it was served, I couldn’t resist extra helpings.  In China, that dish was pork and celery stir-fry.  I just loved it.  What is not to love about crisp celery paired with fatty pork in a sauce just salty enough to make your mouth water and served with rice?  Nothing!  It’s delicious!

Now I make a more adult version of it at home with pork topside, a lot more ginger, garlic with a coating of Hoisin and soy sauce.  It’s still a favorite with the kids but a bigger hit with the adults and is great to make if you are looking for a lighter, healthier meal that is also quick and easy.  Feel free to do as I do, and eat this stir-fry in a big bowl with steamed rice and a big bottle of Tsingtao beer in front of the TV….because you’re an adult now so it’s OK.

 

pork loin and celery stir-fry over steamed rice

 

chopped celery, diced pork, chopped ginger and garlic and sauce
Combine Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch and water into a small bowl. Mix well and set aside. Slice pork loin either into long strips or short chunks no bigger than 1 in / 2 cm. Put in a bowl and set aside. Clean celery and separate the ribs from the leaves. Chop into either long strips or short pieces no bigger than 1 in / 2cm. (Same size as pork) Place in a bowl and set aside.
chopped ginger and garlic frying in wok
In a large wok, heat 2 tbsp oil on high heat. Add sliced ginger and garlic. Let cook for about 1 minute or until fragrant.
pork frying with ginger and garlic in wok
Add pork and cook until no longer pink. (About 2-3 minutes)
pork and celery frying in wok
Add celery, season with salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes on high heat. Celery should be slightly cooked but still crisp.
pork and celery frying in wok with sauce
Add sauce mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated then turn off the heat.
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pork loin and celery stir-fry with steamed rice and Chinese chile oil

Pork and Celery Stir Fry


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x

Description

Pork and crunchy celery stir fried together in a salty soy and Hoisin sauce. A healthy and delicious stir-fry favored by both kids and adults. #easymeals #quickrecipes #pork #stirfry #chinesefoodrecipes #kidfood #healthyrecipes #family dinners


Scale

Ingredients

  • 400 g (14 oz) pork loin
  • 68 medium to large-sized celery ribs with leaves (300400 g/10.514 oz)
  • 2 tbsp sliced ginger
  • 2 tbsp sliced garlic
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch and water into a small bowl.  Mix well and set aside.
  2. Slice pork loin either into long strips or short chunks no bigger than 1 in / 2 cm.   Put in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Clean celery and separate the ribs from the leaves.  Chop into either long strips or short pieces no bigger than 1 in / 2cm. (Same size as pork)  Place in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large wok, heat 2 tbsp oil on high heat.  Add sliced ginger and garlic. Let cook for about 1 minute or until fragrant.
  5. Add pork and cook until no longer pink.  (About 2-3 minutes)
  6. Add celery, season with salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes on high heat.  Celery should be slightly cooked but still crisp.
  7. Add sauce mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated then turn off the heat.
  8. Transfer to a plate and serve with steamed rice.

Notes

  1. Top with a drizzle of Chinese Chile Oil for those more inclined to spice.
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Pork stir-fry, celery, easy, pork loin, hoisin sauce, healthy, kid friendly

 

Yum

 

 

This post was updated on April 26th, 2019.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Marija says:

    This was gloriously simple, and absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you for the kind words and my pleasure! ☺

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