Hakka-Style Stir-Fry with Pork and Squid

[Photograph: Cathy Erway]

Often called simply "Hakka stir-fry" (or ke jia xiao chao) in Taiwan, where it is popular, this dish is exemplary of Hakka cuisine.

Note: Dried squid can be used in place of fresh. Use 1/4 pound dried squid, found in Asian groceries, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes and sliced along the bodies into long thin strips.

About the Author: Cathy Erway is the author of The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove. She blogs at Not Eating Out In New York and hosts the weekly podcast, "Eat Your Words" on Heritage Radio Network.

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Hakka-Style Stir-Fry with Pork and Squid

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4 to 6
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:40 minutes
This recipe appears in: Taiwan Eats: Hakka-Style Stir-Fry with Pork Belly and Squid

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound boneless pork belly
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable, peanut, or canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced to matchsticks
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1 cup Chinese celery, cut to 2-inch long pieces (or 1 cup regular celery sliced thinly on a strong bias)
  • 2 scallions, sliced on a bias into 1-inch pieces.
  • 2 tablespoons Asian rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 pound cleaned squid, tentacles removed and bodies sliced thinly lengthwise into strips (see note above)

Procedures

  1. 1

    Bring a small pot of lightly salted water deep enough to submerge the pork to a boil. Drop in the pork belly and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, slice pork thinly lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices.

  2. 2

    Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until sizzling-hot and fragrant, about 10 seconds. Stir in the pork belly and toss briskly for about 1 minute. Stir in the carrot, celery, and scallions and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are just crisp-tender, about 1 minute.

  3. 3

    Add the rice wine and soy sauce and cook, stirring, until bubbling, about 30 seconds. Stir the squid and cook, stirring, just until squid turns opaque, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and more soy sauce as necessary. Serve immediately.

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