Sichuan Spicy Pork w/ Rice noodles: Recipe

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Friday, 31 July 2009 0 comments

Sichuan Spicy Pork w/ Rice noodles
Serves 5

Sichuan spicy Pork comes from the Sichuan region in China and can be cooked in chilli oil, and lots of added chillies to give it extra kick. This version is a little tame, but feel free to add extra spice.

Prep time: 20mins
Cooking Time: 15mins

You Will Need:
75g Cashew Nuts
700g Pork
3tbsp Groundnut Oil
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
100g Bean sprouts
2 Carrots
4 Cloves Garlic
2 slices of ginger
Pak Choy

Plenty of Red chilli flakes
3tbsp Soy sauce
2tbsp Rice wine vinegar
Star Anise / otherwise five spices will do
3tbsp Sesame Paste / Smooth Peanut Butter (optional)

To serve:
700g Thin Rice Noodles
Chopped Spring Onions to serve (optional)
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce (optional)

1. Cut up pork into bite-sized chunks. Prepare all the vegetables too, cutting up however you like them.

Dry-fry the cashew nuts in a wok, and keep them moving until golden brown. Place them aside, put groundnut oil into pan, and put the pork straight into the pan to fry until brown.

Add garlic and ginger now, with chilli flakes and star anise. And stir-fry for 1 minute, then add all the other vegetables and add soy sauce and rice vinegar.

Place a second Wok on heat and add more groundnut oil. Add the stems to your pak choy into the wok and fry for no longer than 3 minutes, keep an eye on your other pan with the stir fry, after they are done add into the stir fry.

Add rice noodles to the second wok that had the pak choy in, fry for 1-2 minutes, and add soy sauce.

Add the pak choy leaves to the stir-fry for the last minute, or fry them separate to serve.

As I Serve it...

Chinese have 13 Million Abortions A Year

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The Chinese National Population and Family Planning Commission today admitted that over 13 million abortions a year are conducted in China.

Wu Shangchun, a division director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission's technology research centre, told China Daily that research shows nearly half of the women who had abortions had not used any form of contraception.

Research in China regarding this statistic has said that inadequate knowledge about contraception is a major contributing factor to the sheer number of abortions.

Yet another shocking figure it that over 70% of the Chinese people surveyed did not know that sexual transmission is the main contributor to the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus.

Li Ying, a professor at Peking University said Chinese parents are reluctant to teach their children about sex, so more needs to be done on sex education.
"Sex education needs to be strengthened, with universities and our society giving more guidance,”
The real number of abortions is much higher than reported, because the figures are collected only from registered medical institutions. As many abortions, are performed in unregistered clinics.
In addition, about 10 million abortion-inducing pills, used in hospitals for early-stage abortions, are sold every year in the country.
The Shanghai hotline, which offers help for pregnant women, has reported an increase in calls, mostly from women 18 and under. Abortions cost about 600 Yuan ($88). Since the 1990s, doctors have not asked for a woman's marital status when an abortion is performed.
There are about 20 million births in the country each year.

News Source:
China Daily

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Flickr: Art Es Anna

Daily Chinese Proverb : Beauty

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"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
Confucius or Kung zi (551 B.C. - 479 B.C.)

zhǐ yào qù tàn sǔo měi wú sǔo bú zài / zhi3 yao4 qu4 tan4 suo3, mei3 wu2 suo3 bu2 zai4

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