This gentler version of the spicy Hunan original lets you control the heat for a family friendly meal. An easy stir-fry, this pork dish cooks up in just minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner option. Flavored with garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, scallions and peppers, this easy-peasy recipe might find its way into your regular rotation.
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Why I Like This Recipe
It’s easy and quick to make. This can easily be a weeknight meal. It’s also very versatile. You can actually add any vegetable you like and adjust the heat as necessary by adjusting the amount of hot chili peppers you add. For a more individualized serving, serve with chili oil or hot sauce on the side.
For another weeknight stir-fry recipe, try my Beef Stir Fry recipe which is highly adaptable to vegetables that you have on hand.
Hunan Style Cuisine
Hunan Style cuisine is one of eight modern Chinese cooking styles. It is known for their heavy use of garlic, shallots and hot chili peppers. Hunan cuisine distinguishes itself further by use of smoked and cured meat and it’s variety of fresh ingredients. It is a land-locked province in Southeast China and has varied agriculture making the Hunan cuisine more diverse.
How To Make Hunan Pork Hot & SPicy
This recipe is a milder version of authentic Hunan Pork. To make it hot and spicy, simply substitute more of the red bell pepper for hot peppers such as jalapeños, Serranos, Thai chilies and Chinese peppers. The more you substitute, the hotter the dish.
You may also add chili bean paste which is made from peppers and fermented soy bean paste.
Other Variations of This Hunan Stir-Fry
You can switch out the pork for chicken, tofu and beef. You have full control over what kind of peppers to use. Instead of shallots or in addition to, you may use onions or leeks.
I used oyster sauce for the flavoring but you may also use Hoisin sauce which is a dark brown, pungent and slightly sweet sauce used for marinades and stir-fry.
How To Make Hunan Pork
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