Today seemed like a good day to bring back an old favourite of our. Pork buttons are something my wife and I truly enjoy having for a meal. I have always thought they were something everyone had all the time, I was mistaken. Think it was the fourth time that I had made them, after I started my blog, that my wife convinced me to put them on. I honestly thought it was something so simple it didn’t need to be on my blog. Somethings about my blog have amazed me and the sweet and sour pork button recipe is one of them. So far this year over 3000 people have looked at it which surprises me. The only thing I can figure out is people must of been seeing them and didn’t know what you could do with them. Since the recipe for them is already on my blog this post is about the vegetables.
Stir fried vegetables are one of the most versatile side dishes you can make. Of course they are great with a chinese meal but I have made them for other meals. They are absolutely perfect to have with steak, bbqed pork chops, roast chicken, and even roast pork. You can use a variety of different sauces and match the flavour to the protein your cooking. Even the vegetables can be played with, I have even used turnip. What makes them a good side dish is you can cut everything up well in advance and cooking time is only 6 minutes. So when the steak is resting you cook the vegetables and everything is ready when the vegetables are.
This is a great way to use the inner part of celery or Bok Choy. You need about 3/4 cup of either. This is for 2 people if you’re not having rice, 4 with rice.
1 onion cut into leaves
1 carrot cut in half and thinly sliced diagonally
1/2 red pepper cut into sticks
3/4 cup bok choy chopped
leaves from bok choy cut into ribbons
1 small crown of broccoli cut in florets
5 mushrooms sliced
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
Remember stir frying means you keep everything moving in the pan for the whole cooking time. Preheat a frying pan with the oil on medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Add the onion and carrot, cook for 1 minute, then the bok choy, leaves, ginger, and garlic, cook for 1 minute. Next add the broccoli and red pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add the water, cook for 1 minute and then mix in the oyster sauce and mix well and serve.