Different Approach to he Sweet Potato
Sweet Potatoes are often baked,sometimes steamed and usually on the heavy side. This Chinese approach to the tuber, stir-fried, is light and delicate and brings out the vegetable’s natural flavor and fragrance.
Ginger and Shao Xing wine may be part of the reasons
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sweet Potato is considered to be Warm in nature, to help digestion, warm the stomach and spleen and help recovery after illness.
Pork is considered to be Neutral in nature.
Sweet Potatoes Stir-Fried with Pork
1 pound Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into matchstick sized julienne
6 ounces ground Pork
1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
Pinch crushed Red Pepper flakes
Green portion of 3 Green Onions, finely chopped
The Mixture No. 1:
1 tablespoon Shao Xing Chinese wine
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
½ teaspoon Sugar
The Mixture No. 2:
1 tablespoon minced Garlic
1 tablespoon minced Ginger
White portion of 3 Green Onions, finely chopped
First prepare and lay out the ingredients in the order they will be used near the stove top. Put each Mixture in a small bowl or dish.
To make the dish, first heat a wok and when it is hot, put in the Oil.
When the Oil is hot, put in Mixture No.1 and stir-fry about 5 seconds.
Next put in the ground Pork and Red Pepper flakes and stir-fry until the Pork is cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Next put in the Sweet Potatoes and stir-fry about 6 minutes, working to get at least some of the julienne pieces crispy.
Remove from the fire and serve. Garnish with the finely-chopped Green Onion shreds. This dish makes enough for about 2 or 3.