Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

Stir fry is an easy weeknight dish which comes together almost as quickly as takeout.  Better yet, this particular stir fry is filled with crunchy, nutritious green vegetables.  So, it is packed with vitamins that are bound to help you stay fit and healthy.

On a cool day, I find the fragrance of five spice wafting through the house supremely comforting.  It is a bit like an aromatic hug, which inevitably reminds me of my favorite Chinese meals.  The aroma of five spice powder in my grinder is what inspired me to write this recipe.

This dish is not strictly Chinese.  Nonetheless, I believe a Chinese cook would be pleased with it, because the recipe strikes all the right sensory notes.

Many people don’t realize that the Chinese are as finicky as the French when it comes to food.  They are great gourmets and proper Chinese cooking is governed by a set of strict rules.

Following these rules ensures the diner sensory pleasures on all levels.  When a good Chinese cook plans a dish, the visual interplay of shapes and colors is considered.  All ingredients are cut into similar shapes and sizes.  Texture and fragrance also play an important role.  Certain foods, such as water chestnuts or tree ears, are added to a dish for texture alone.

The Recipe

In this recipe, I used pork tenderloin, because it is both lean and inexpensive.  However, you could easily use another cut of pork for this recipe, as long as you trim off the fat.

Cutting the meat correctly is very important.  This particular recipe calls for thin strips, measuring 1/2 cm wide, and 4 cm long.  For optimal results, I suggest freezing the pork for about 10 minutes prior to cutting it.

In addition, do sharpen your knife.  Nothing is more dangerous in any kitchen than a dull knife!


The beauty of many Chinese recipes is that they are templates.  You can substitute other meats, as well as vegetables. For instance, chicken breast would be every bit as tasty as pork in this stir fry.

If you wish to vary the vegetables, I suggest sticking with the original color scheme (green).  Here are a few vegetables I think would taste good.  However, please feel free to experiment with your own ideas as well, always remembering to keep it seasonal.

  • brussel sprouts
  • green beans
  • kale
  • broccoli


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