"Eat your dinner, eat your pork and beans" hollered Jim Morrison as he swaggered around in the Doors classic "Backdoor Man"
Well today I did exactly that.
I ate my pork, I ate my beans, they were both stir-fried together, and I was sitting outside the back door.
The only thing missing from Jim's vision was the LSD and the breakfast beer!
And I didn't scream as hoarsely as Jim does in the video.
I felt like it though, after I'd vacuumed up the last of this and was confronted with the empty bowl.
This gourd recipe is a charmer. It has everything that you could want in a single dish.
Meat, three veg, sexy colours and a taste that makes you spoon everything out of the bowl in record time and mop up the sauce with bread or sticky rice
I digress. This is a short simple recipe, so lets keep it that way.
Gourd recipe with pork and beans – serves 2
- Pork fillet, thinly sliced 120g or 1/4lb
- Onion, sliced 50g / 2oz
- Chilli – fresh, to taste. Slice in half diagonally. 2-4 each
- Garlic – chopped 1tsp
- Oyster mushrooms or other mushrooms 50g
- Green beans, top & tail removed 150g, sliced diagonally (on the bias)and rinsed in cold water.
- Gourd sliced diagonally (optional) 50g
- Oyster sauce – Maekrua brand 40g/2dsp
- Oil for cooking 30g/1.5dsp
- Heat a wok or pan for stir frying
- Add the oil
- When it's hot, stir fry the pork fillet with the onion, chilli and garlic.
- Stirfry for 1 minute only then add the vegetables.
- Stir fry over high heat for a minute or two, then add 1-2 dsp of liquid. (Water is OK, or chicken stock if you have it handy)
- Add the water earlier if it starts to stick or burn. It will steam and cook the veg in a flash and make it bright green and sexy.
- Add oyster sauce, toss to combine and serve immediately.
- I would personally season with a bit of freshly cracked black pepper.
This gourd recipe is a great meal on its own served "Western style" individually plated with rice, or as one of the dishes of a shared Asian meal.
Any questions? Just ask me in the comments section.