Stir Fried Pork and Courgettes


Chinese cooking is like Chemistry, it looks complicated but in reality if you stick with two elements and finding the right combination then you’re all sorted. A lot of simple Chinese stir fry dishes consists only of a vegetable and a meat the seasonings, herbs and spices are usually generic and there are usual bases to choose from, this means is you know the basics then you just find the best combination based on your personal preference.

The most popular two combo dishes in the Chinese cuisine are the string beans and minced pork, eggplant and salted fish, beef and broccoli, chicken and celery as well as tofu and mushroom to name some. Today we will be introducing another one of those powerful two main ingredient combo in the form of pork and courgettes.

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Stir Fried Pork and Courgettes 1

Stir Fried Pork and Courgettes

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • 250 g pork tenderloin, sliced
  • 3 pcs medium sized zucchini, seeds removed and sliced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 pcs dried chillies
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • fish sauce
  • oil


  1. In bowl combine Chinese cooking wine, cornstarch, baking soda and ginger. Add the pork, mix well and let it marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare a wok and place it on high heat, add oil then once it hits the smoking point add the pork and stir fry until it is light brown in colour but not yet fully cooked. Remove pork from wok then set it aside.
  3. Add more oil then sauté chillies and garlic until fragrant.
  4. Increase heat to medium then add courgettes and stir fry for a minute, add the pork back together with the soy sauce and a dash of fish sauce, stir fry for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat then serve while hot.




3 Responses

  1. It took me a long time to realize that Chinese cooking was actually pretty simple. In particular, knowing your sauce base is the key — there really are a few “mother” ones, and all the rest are variations. Well, many of the rest! Anyway, lovely dish. I really like pork in a stir-fry, and this looks excellent. Thanks!

  2. This looks like a really good stir-fry! The courgettes look beautiful too,not over cooked. You are right about combinations in Chinese cuisine, not just in a dish but I have been seeing a lot of pairings of recipes to eat at one meal.

  3. mjskitchen says:

    Great looking dish! Thanks for the link to the sauce bases because they really make it.

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