Pork with Straw Mushroom – 叉燒炒草菇

Pork with Straw Mushroom - 叉燒炒草菇

Pork with Straw Mushroom, or 叉燒炒草菇, uses leftover Roast Pork, and stir-fries it with dried Chili, Baby Bok Choy, and meaty Straw Mushrooms.

This recipe specifically calls for roast Pork, rather than uncooked. This could be Char Siu purchased in a shop, or else the leftovers from a roast of Pork made at home. Here, it is paired with baby Bok Choy leaves and Straw Mushrooms. Unlike other mushrooms, this variety is excellent when canned and this is what is being used in this dish. These main ingredients are stir-fried and then finished in a light sauce sparked with a little chili heat.

Ingredient Notes for Pork with Straw Mushroom

Slices of leftover Pork Roast for 叉燒炒草菇

Above you can see some pieces of leftover Pork from a roast cooked a few days earlier. The slices in the foreground are roughly the size you want for this particular dish.

The Recipe Card below calls for White Wine to be used in the sauce. A Rice Wine would be more traditional for what is essentially a Chinese dish (and you can certainly use it instead, if you wish), but a Western White Wine can add pleasing notes as well.

For the Chicken Stock, you can certainly use a commercial product, but home-made is better. If you like, you can follow my Basic Chinese Chicken Stock recipe.

How to Cook 叉燒炒草菇

The Sauce Mix for Pork with Straw Mushroom

First, mix the cornstarch with enough water to make a slurry then add the stock, wine, soy sauce and sugar. Set this aside to use later.

Flash-frying Bok Choy leaves

Next, heat a tablespoon or so of oil in a pan over high heat and briefly sauté the Bok Choy. When a few brown spots appear on the stems and the leaves begin to wilt, remove to a bowl. For this recipe, I am using the Shanghai variety, but you can substitute with another if you like.

Frying Onion with dried Chili

Replenish the oil and as soon as it is hot, add the dried chili. As soon as they start to darken, add the onion and stir until just softened. The process of darkening the chilies in oil is one that is commonly used in traditional Kung Pao style dishes, and it lends a nice, slightly smoky quality to the chili heat.

Cooking Pork with Onion in a Sauce with Wine

Add the mushrooms, pork and sauce mixture and stir (gently so as not to break the meat slices) until all is heated through and the sauce is thickened.

Finishing a dish of Pork with Straw Mushroom

Finally, add back the Bok Choy. Continue to stir a minute or so longer and then serve immediately.

Your Recipe Card for 叉燒炒草菇 :

Pork with Straw Mushroom

This Pork with Straw Mushroom recipe uses leftover Roast Pork, and stir-fries it with dried Chili, Baby Bok Choy, and meaty Straw Mushrooms.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Pork, Straw Mushrooms, Baby Bok Choy, Dried Chillies
Servings: 4 as part of a Chinese Meal
Author: John Thompson

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of Roast Pork;
  • 2 cups baby Bok Choy large leaves sliced into smaller pieces;
  • Canned Straw Mushrooms;
  • ½ a small Onion thinly sliced vertically;
  • 4 small dried chilies;
  • 1 tbsp. minced or pureed Garlic;
  • ¼ cup Chicken Stock;
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce;
  • ¼ cup White Wine;
  • 1 tsp. Sugar;
  • 1 tsp. Cornstarch.

Instructions

  • Mix the cornstarch with enough water to make a slurry then add the stock, wine, soy sauce and sugar, and set aside.
  • Sauté the Bok Choy in a tablespoon of oil over high heat until wilted and browning at the edges of the stem, then remove to a bowl.
  • Fry the chillies in the same pan (adding oil if needed). When they darken, add the Onion and stir-fry until soft.
  • Add the mushrooms, pork and sauce mixture and stir until the sauce is thickened.
  • Add back the greens and cook to heat through. Serve Immediately.

2 Comments

  1. This looks nice. I’ll have to see if I can find those canned straw mushrooms here. I’ve never heard of them, but there are many products in the Asian supermarket that I haven’t tried yet. P.S. You may want to fix the typo “batter”.

    1. Author

      Thanks Typo fixed. I have also seen these mushrooms packaged in sealed plastic pouches.

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