This is the first dinner I have had to cook for myself in a long time. Cooking for one is always annoying and difficult. On the one hand, it presents an opportunity to be extra lazy… you could just make a quick sandwich to simply appease your growling stomach. On the other hand, you’re eating by yourself, which isn’t exactly on my list of fun activities, so you want to make yourself something nice. So last night, I made myself something simple and nice. A little effort goes a long way when you’re cooking for yourself. I made a shiitake mushroom and pork stir-fry and a tiny pot of rice.
I’m Chinese so I don’t follow strict recipes but I’ll try to describe as accurately as I can the portion* of ingredients that I used. I first thinly sliced up a piece of pork loin, about the size of my palm, and marinated it in soy sauce, sugar, Chinese cooking wine, sesame oil, and a little bit of corn starch (helps to soften the meat). While the meat was marinating, I removed the tough stems of two large handfuls of shiitake mushrooms and chopped them up into quarters. Shiitake mushrooms are great because they are juicy, meaty, and very naturally fragrant. Continue reading