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Dinner Tonight: Helen Chen's Pork and Cucumber Stir Fry

It's been about four years since I first sauteed a cucumber and I can safely say, I have not returned to that recipe. There's a much better return to this one from Grace Young's The Breath of a Wok. The green vegetable is paired with thinly sliced pork and red bell pepper. It's the kind of humble, straightforward Chinese dish that I've been falling in love with recently.

Thanks to the fermented black beans, the result is funky, salty fun. Each bite tastes meatier than you'd expect, and the peppers add a nice crunch. How about the cucumbers? Well, they worked, especially when you can manage to chopstick up a slice with a bite of pork. There is no spice to speak of but drizzling Chinese chili oil will add a nice finish.

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