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Chinese Pork & Ginger Stir-fry


You won’t believe the intensity and the extra aroma you get from using homemade Chinese five spice in this delightful pork stir-fry. The secret is in the roasting of the whole spices before you grind them up and mix them together. Try it and taste the difference!




15 minutes

5 minutes


500g (1 lb) pork fillet (tenderloin), sinew removed, thinly sliced

2 tbsp light soy sauce

2 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine*

2 tsp dark soy sauce

1 tsp Homemade Chinese five spice (store-bought is fine also)

½ tsp sugar

2 tbsp vegetable oil

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

4 cm (1.6 inch) piece ginger, sliced into fine matchsticks

6 spring onions (scallions), sliced into batons (keep the paler thicker stem parts separate from the end green parts)

½ tbsp sesame oil

steamed rice to serve


1 tsp finely grated ginger

1 tbsp soy sauce

½ tsp ground pepper

2 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)

½ tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)

Step 1

Place the pork in a large bowl. Add the marinade ingredients and use your hands to mix thoroughly. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of your ingredients for the stir-fry.

Step 2

Make the stir-fry sauce by mixing together the light soy sauce, oyster sauce, Chinese Shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce, Chinese five spice and sugar.

Step 3

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger and the bottom parts of the spring onion stems and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the pork and spread the pieces out in the pan. Turn the heat to high. Allow to cook for a few seconds then stir-fry until almost cooked. Add the stir-fry sauce and stir-fry for another 30 seconds or until the sauce thickens slightly and the pork is cooked through. Turn the heat off and toss through the green parts of the spring onion and the sesame oil.

Step 4

Serve with rice.

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– Shaoxing is a Chinese wine made from fermented rice and is available in the Asian aisle of some supermarkets or from an Asian grocer.

No one wants a tough and chewy stir fry, which is why choosing the right cut of meat for your stir fry is so important. For our pork and ginger stir fry, you want to make sure you’re using the right cut of pork so that your stir fry stays super tender throughout the cooking process. 


The best cuts of pork to use when stir frying is pork fillet or pork tenderloin, as they are the cuts that will stay the most tender throughout the stir frying process. 

Velveting is a Chinese technique that helps keep meat tender during stir frying. Adding cornstarch and bicarb to your meat during the marinating process helps to coat your meat, giving it a velvety feel that makes the meat feel extra soft.

If you’re looking to make this pork and ginger stir-fry go even further, serving it alongside a bowl of steamed rice is the perfect way to make it a more hearty dinner. You could also serve it up with a side of Asian greens.

Check out our other Chinese recipes featuring pork for some extra inspo. Some of our favourites include: Five-spice Sticky Pork Stir Fry or Chinese Pan Fried Pork Buns or even a Sticky Char Siu Pork Fried Rice Bowl.

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What our customers say

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December 22, 2022


This is a great stir fry recipe. I cooked the pork and removed it from the wok then cooked the white part of the spring onions, some cauliflower and broccoli florets and strips of red capsicum. Once they were cooked I added the garlic and ginger, gave it a stir, added back the pork and stirred through the sauce. It was a hit with the whole family. I’ll definitely be making this again

October 12, 2022

Absolutely delicious!!

I’ve made this a few times now. I add Chinese greens to make it go further. This is a firm family favourite. Thank you Marion !

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