In the previous post, I had promised to post up the second part of my Chinese New Year dinner and here it is. I went into my Looneyspoons cook book and did a recipe that I’ve been planning to do for a while. I love cooking with pineapples. Since I already had chicken on the menu, I went ahead to make stir fried pork tenderloin with vegetable and pineapple chunks and its paired with sweet and sour sauce. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Here’s how it turned out:
2 tsp sesame oil
1 1/4 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into cubes or strips
2 tsp grated gingerroot
1 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cups each chopped red pepper and sliced carrots
1 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup each ketchup and rice vinegar
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp (reduce sodium) soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups white rice
1. Heat oil in a large wok over medium-high heat. Add pork, gingerroot and garlic. Cook and stir for 6 to 7 minutes, until pork is cooked through and begins to brown. Remove pork from wok and keep warm. Add green pepper, carrots and onions to wok. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
2. Meanwhile, prepare sauce. In a small bowl, combine ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, cornstarch. Add sauce to vegetables in wok, along with cooked pork and pineapple chunks. Cook until sauce is bubbly and has thickened, and pork and pineapple are heated through. Serve over white rice.
The recipe is inspired from Looneyspoons. The one up there is how I did it because I did make a few changes to the original. They used peanut oil instead of sesame oil. Also, green bell peppers instead of red peppers, and canned pineapples where they could use a bit of the pineapple juice to add to the sauce. The sauce had chili powder but I don’t eat that so I took it out. The last thing is that you should match it with rice but they recommend to use brown rice or quinoa. That is pretty much all that I modified.
Finally, to the actual results! This was awesome tasting. I’m serious, these two ladies over at Looneyspoons have some amazing skills. All their recipes that I’ve tried have been pretty great.
The best reward of cooking was to see my boyfriend give me the approving reaction that he liked it. And he did for the complete meal and I enjoyed it a lot too. Even have some leftovers for lunch!
Do you cook with pineapples or other fruits for meals? Any ingredient combinations you like in particular?