Moo Shu Pork

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This Moo Shu recipe is also called Mu Xu pork in Mandarin. It's a northern Chinese dish and a favorite of many. I loved it when I was studying in Beijing, and cooked it often since I had my own kitchen.

It's also a day lily recipe. This edible flower adds some unique flavor and nutrients to the dish, which make it more delicious. If you are interested in day lily recipes, here are two more: Mushroom Daylilies and Pork Bone Daylilies.

Ingredients:

  • Dried wood ears (also called black mushrooms)-- 2 tablespoons, soaked in water for 20 minutes, then washed and drained. If you use hot water, it takes less time.
  • Lean pork -- 1/2 lb, sliced into 1 x 1/2 inch slices
  • Dried day lily buds -- 1/2 cup (soaked, washed and drained)
  • Soy sauce -- 1 tablespoon
  • Eggs -- 6, beaten
  • Vegetable oil -- 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons
  • Scallions -- 3, sliced
  • Sugar -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Snow pea pods - 1/2 cup ( you can use other veggies of your taste)

Directions:

  1. Mix the sliced pork with the soy sauce.

  2. Heat 1/3 cup of the veggie oil in a wok or a pan over high heat, add the eggs to hot oil and stir-fry until set. Use the spatula to cut the eggs into small pieces the size of the meat you prepared.

  3. Add 3 tablespoons oil to the wok and heat til hot. Then put the pork in, stir fry for one minute, then add black mushrooms and scallions. Stir fry more until the pork is fully cooked.

  4. Return the egg and add the sugar, mix well. Serve hot with rice or Mandarin pancakes by wrapping it with the thin pancakes.

Tips :

1. This Moo Shu pork recipe can also be turned into a prawn, beef or chicken recipe if you replace pork with the meat or sea food of your choice.

2. If you are a vegetarian, replace meat with firm tofu. Tofu is made of soy beans. It's a good source of vegetable protein and other nutrients. It's especially good for women because it's a helpful aid for maitaining estrogen levels.

 

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