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Twice-Cooked Pork (Szechwan)

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  • 1 pound lean boneless pork (such as shoulder or butt), in 1 piece
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 thin, quarter-size slice fresh ginger, crushed with the side of a cleaver
  • 3 scallions (including tops)
  • 2 teaspoons hot bean sauce or 2 small dried hot red chiles, crumbled
  • 4 teaspoons sweet bean sauce or hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 small green bell peppers or 1 each small green and red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger


  1. Place pork, sherry and ginger slice in a 2-quart pan.
  2. Cut 1 of the scallions in half crosswise and add to pork, then add enough water to barely cover meat. Bring to a simmer; cover and simmer until meat is tender when pierced (about 45 minutes).
  3. Lift meat from broth and refrigerate until cold.
  4. Cut meat into 1 1/2-inch square pieces about 1/8 inch thick.
  5. In a bowl, combine hot bean sauce (or red chiles), sweet bean sauce, soy sauce and sugar. Seed bell peppers and cut into 1-inch squares; cut remaining 2 scallions into 1-inch lengths.
  6. Place a wok over high heat; when wok is hot, add 2 tablespoons of the oil. When oil is hot, add bell peppers and stir fry for 1 1/2 minutes, adding a few drops of water if wok appears dry.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and stir once, then remove peppers from wok.
  8. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to wok. When oil begins to heat, add garlic and minced ginger and stir once; then add pork and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  9. Add bean sauce mixture and toss until pork is coated with sauce. Return bell peppers to wok along with onion. Stir for 30 seconds to heat through.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings