Stir-fried Leeks with Roast Pork and Bean Curd
by wiffy on February 17, 2011
Today is the 15th day of Chinese New Year, also known as Yuan Xiao Festival (元宵节) or Lantern Festival. This day is also the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day, and marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities. It is also a reminder for me to post the last of my Chinese New Year recipes. Like I mentioned in my earlier leek recipe, leeks are an auspicious food to eat during Chinese New Year because the character “蒜” in its Chinese name (蒜苗/大蒜) sounds like calculating (“算”) in Mandarin. Due to the similar sounds, it is believed that eating leeks is an auspicious symbol of wealth (lots of money to count) in the coming year. When I was doing my research about stir-fry leeks recipes, I came across Pablo’s stir fried leek with roast pork which I thought looks like a winning combination. The natural saltiness of the roast pork flavours the whole dish and complements the leeks well. I added tau kwa (deep fried bean curd) and carrots to complete the dish. The result was good and a hit with my family. If you like leeks, do check out my other meatless leek stir-fry recipe in tau cheo sauce.
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If you want to cook this dish, you can buy roast meat from the market with the intention of leftovers. I usually eat roast meat (together with roast duck and char siu) with rice and refrigerate the leftovers for fried rice or stir-fried dishes. In this way, I got two meals figured out.
- 200g leeks (about 3 stalks), sliced diagonally to 5cm lengths (separate stalks from leaves) – see cooking note 1
- 100g roasted meat, sliced
- 1/2 carrot, peeled and sliced
- 100g fried beancurd (tau twa), sliced to bite-sized pieces
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tsp oyster sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp Chinese wine
1. Heat oil in wok. Stir fry garlic till fragrant.
2. Add leek stalks (the white portion) and carrot. Stir fry for about 1 minute over high heat. Add oyster sauce and fish sauce. Add tau kwa and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes, or until the leek stalks are cooked.
3. Add leek leaves and roast pork to the wok. Stir fry briefly till the leaves are cooked and coated in the oil. Drizzle Chinese wine along the sides of the wok, off the heat when you smell the aroma of the wine.
1. Wash the crevices between the leaves thoroughly, as there is soil trapped in between the leaves. One way to clean them is to slice them half lengthwise, and after washing thoroughly, pat dry with kitchen paper towels and cut accordingly.
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