Time: 50 minutes, plus about 2 1/2 hours to freeze pork. A super-satisfying, any-night combo, cooked with earthy, robust seasonings. A bowl of short-grain brown rice is a must for soaking up the sauce.
2 boned pork chops (8 oz. total), fat trimmed
12 whole dried shiitake mushrooms
1 1/4 cups warm reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons black bean garlic sauce*
3/4 pound broccolini or Chinese broccoli (gailan)*
3/4 pound baby bok choy or yu choy*
3 tablespoons peanut or canola oil, divided
1/2 large onion, cut into lengthwise slivers
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, cut into thin matchsticks
How to Make It
Put pork chops on a sheet of plastic wrap and wrap airtight. Freeze just until firm to the touch, at least 2 and up to 3 hours. Cut into very thin diagonal slices.
In a small bowl, soak mushrooms in chicken broth until soft and pliable, 20 to 30 minutes; occasionally work mushrooms with your fingers to release any grit. Lift mushrooms from broth, squeezing out liquid. Gently fold each mushroom in half, gill side out, and trim off any hard stems.
Pour 1/2 cup soaking broth into a measuring cup and set aside. Pour 1/4 cup broth into another measuring cup, leaving grit behind, and add water if needed to make 1/4 cup; stir in black bean sauce.
Meanwhile, trim ends from green vegetables. Peel broccolini stems, then cut into 3-in. lengths (if wider than 1/3 in., also halve lengthwise). Rinse and set aside. Cut remaining green vegetables into 3-in. lengths, separating clusters of bok choy into single stalks; rinse together and drain.
Set a wok or 5- to 6-qt. pan over high heat. When hot, pour in 2 tbsp. oil and swirl to coat. Add pork, onion, and ginger and fry, stirring occasionally, until meat is mostly cooked but still a bit pink, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer ingredients to a plate with a slotted spoon.
Add broccolini stems, shiitakes, and reserved 1/2 cup soaking broth to pan and cover quickly. Cook until stems are barely tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Uncover and add remaining 1 tbsp. oil and rest of green vegetables. Cook, stirring, until leaves and flowers wilt, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Return pork mixture to pan along with reserved black bean liquid; cook until bubbling.
*Look for black bean garlic sauce in your supermarket's Asian-foods section. Buy Chinese broccoli and yu choy at a farmers' market or an Asian market.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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This was one of the worst tasting Chinese recipe I have ever come across. None of the vegetables go together. And NEVER soak dry shitake mushroom in a broth/stock that you plan on keeping. Those mushrooms are dried out in open air with bugs. They need to be rinsed off and then soaked in water which will be discarded.
This recipe should be removed. It is awful. 12 shitake mushrooms? That's way too many.