Pork and Shiitake Stuffed Peppers

    This Chinese dish is simple and delicious. Red peppers are stuffed with pork, shiitake mushrooms and dried shrimp, then pan-fried and steamed and served with a wonderful sauce.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 2 - 4

    • 300g pork, finely chopped
    • 25g soaked dried shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
    • 15g small dried shrimp, finely chopped
    • 1 egg
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped spring onions
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
    • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon rice wine
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 500g red peppers, top removed, seeded and ribs removed
    • 150ml pork stock
    • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoons rice wine
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

    Method
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Combine the pork, mushrooms, shrimp, egg, spring onions, ginger, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon rice wine, 1 pinch salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil in a bowl. Stir well to make the filling. Use this filling to stuff each red pepper.
    2. Cut the stuffed peppers into 3.5cm long pieces and seal the cut edges with the cornflour paste.
    3. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. Fry the red pepper wedges in the oil until the meat is just cooked. Drain on a kitchen towel-lined plate.
    4. Transfer the red peppers onto a heat-proof dish. Steam the peppers for about 10 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked. Pour out any liquid that may have collected in the dish.
    5. Pour the pork stock, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon rice wine, salt, MSG and sesame oil into a wok and bring to the boil. Add the remaining cornflour and cook until the sauce is thickened. Drizzle the sauce over the peppers and serve.

    Ingredients

    Dried shiitake mushrooms, dried shrimp, rice wine and monosodium glutamate can be found in Chinese/Oriental speciality shops.

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