Leek Greens Stir-Fry with Salty Pork Belly

Clay McLachlan

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 4 whole cloves garlic, peeled and crushed with the side of a knife 
  • 10 to 15 Chinese dried red chiles 
  • 8 ounces air-dried, salt-cured pork belly or pancetta, thinly sliced into bite-size pieces
  • Dark green parts from 2 large leeks, washed and cut diagonally 1/2 inch thick 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 

Instructions

Place a wok or large frying pan over medium heat and add the vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and chiles and stir-fry until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the pork belly and stir-fry until the fat is translucent, about 3 minutes.

Tilt the wok to pour off all but 1 to 2 tablespoons of the fat. Add the leeks and stir-fry until tender, about 3 minutes.

Add the sugar and stir-fry for 1 minute more. Stir in the soy sauce and serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission from Root-to-Stalk Cooking: The Art of Using the Whole Vegetable, by Tara Duggan, copyright 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Categories: 
Main Dishespork
Yield: 
Serves 4
  • How a teacher's anonymous blog exposed school lunches

    Sarah Wu teaches speech at a grammar school in Chicago, and she always brings her lunch. Well, one day she didn’t. Instead, she went to the school cafeteria for a student lunch, and what followed was a year of blogging that became a book.

Top Recipes

Lynne's Mailbox

How to use lemon basil

With its fragrance of sweet lemon, it's easy to fall for lemon basil.