Recipe for Spicy Pork Strips With Black Fungus


3/4 lb boned pork shoulder
1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1/4 cup cloud ear black fungus
3/4 cup winter bamboo shoots
1/2 cup water chestnuts
6 thin slices of ginger root
1 tablespoon szechuan hot sauce (halve for non-c; hili lovers)
1/3 cup stock
2 green onions
2 tablespoon peanut oil


Preparation: Wash and soak cloud ears in warm water for 45 minutes. Slice pork into 2" strips with the grain; marinate in dark soy sauce while finishing preparations. Slice bamboo shoots into 2" strips, and water chestnuts into thin rounds. Mix Szechuan hot sauce with stock. Thinly slice green onions on bias. Drain, wash & thinly slice cloud ears.

Stir-frying: Heat wok to hot; add oil. When oil begins to smoke, add pork & stir-fry for about 1 minute or until it looks slightly shriveled. Toss in bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, cloud ears & ginger, stir-fry with pork for 1 more minute. Pour in liquid ingredients quickly around side of wok. Keep stirring until sauce reduces to almost nothing. Add green onions at last minute.

Yield: 6 servings

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