chapter V

when baking, follow directions.. when cooking, go by your own taste.. ~ Laiko Bahrs

made in MyKitchen | stir fried turmeric pork strips with tempe

i don’t like lean meat.. period..

don’t lambast me with all the lean-meat-is-better-for-health mantra as it doesn’t work at all with my palate.. i hate chewing on a dry and juiceless piece of lean meat that feels as though it’s compacted cardboard doused in meat flavoring trying to pass itself off as real meat..


well, lean meat is not all bad (i still don’t like it though.. :roll: ), and it happens to be really perfect for this particular recipe..

for lean cuts of meat to NOT taste like cardboard when it’s cooked, it should be cooked fast, and removed from the heat once it’s JUST about cooked through.. and the best cooking method for this cut of meat? stir fry~! (and stews too, as prolonged cooking and plenty of liquid does help to tenderize and incorporate moisture into the meat..)

oh, and giving the meat some serious pounding with a meat tenderizer hammer helps heaps to somewhat tenderize it prior to fast cooking as well..

so, for pieces of meat to cook really fast while stir frying it, i suggest slicing it into really thin strips.. heat distributes fast and evenly throughout, and you don’t have to worry about cooking the meat longer to ensure it’s fully cooked through.. (like chicken meat, pork MUST be fully cooked through and through)

for this turmeric stir fry recipe, i like to add tempe, or preserved soy bean cake slices to it.. with slices of meat and a bit of veg, this recipe makes for a really nice stir fry dish to have with piping hot steamed white rice.. really simple and easy, and really delicious too~ :mrgreen:


Ingredients :

  • lean pork, sliced into strips
  • tempe/preserved soy bean cake
  • carrot, sliced into match sticks
  • garlic, finely chopped
  • parsley, chopped

  • turmeric powder
  • oyster sauce
  • brown sugar
  • a bit of water

Method :

  • mix pork strips with turmeric powder, oyster sauce and brown sugar evenly. leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes or longer

  • cut tempe block into quarters, and slice each really thin (about 1-2 mm thickness)

  • deep fry tempe pieces until golden and crisp. drain of excess oil and set aside

  • in a wok, heat up some oil and saute garlic until fragrant
  • add in marinated pork strips and stir fry until about half cooked

  • add in a bit of water to create a bit of sauce base
  • add in carrot sticks and stir fry for about a minute

  • add in tempe pieces and stir fry the whole lot until the sauce is dried up

  • right before turning the heat off, stir in chopped parsley

  • serve, and enjoy

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  4. missreverie
    Monday ~ May 27, 2013

    omg this recipe is so simple and I love that you mix it up with tempe. hehe I never knew that the brown sugar can be used for the marinade. yay learned something new today :) also, I agree with you on the lean-meat thingy. Sometimes we also need the juicy bits ;)

    • whytevee
      Monday ~ May 27, 2013

      yup.. the juicy bits are the best~ :D

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