Tuesday 23 August 2011


After an 8 day holiday in Las Vegas, most of which was spent trying out the buffets, I am sorely missing home cooked food. I am so glad to be home and eating the food that we really should eat. Although I enjoy the occasional splurging and enjoying food, I still believe in eating healthy and sensibly.

I try to cook meals that everyone in the family will like. When the kids were little, I did try to cater to everyone's whims by making different meals to satisfy everyone's liking. The kids are grown now and though I know one of them is still a finicky eater, I have changed my rules. Whatever is served on the table is for EVERYONE. It works so far and now the picky eater has been eating most of the food the rest of the family eats. 

Everyone likes pork at home but that ONE still is on training when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables. He eats peas and corn like tablets_one a day and followed by a gulp of water. He liked this dish so much that he ate some of the beans as well. Not bad he says. And I say "Yeyyy!".


300 gms. of lean pork, sliced into thin strips
1 lemon grass, chopped then pounded
3 cloves garlic, crushed, 1 tsp. chopped red chilli
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
2 tbsps. brown sugar
about 30 fine beans (haricot verts) topped and tailed, then halved
3 tbsps. chopped roasted peanuts
1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
3 tbsps. cooking oil


Season the pork with the fish sauce and 1 tbsp. brown sugar. Heat up a clean wok. When very hot, add 2 tbsps. of cooking oil and swirl it around to fully coat the wok. Stir fry the lemongrass for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the garlic and chilli and stir for 1 minute. Add the seasoned pork and stir fry for about 5 minutes or until all the juices are absorbed back into the pork. Add the last tablespoon of oil and stir fry until the pork turns glossy. Add the fine beans. Add 2 tbsps. of water and stir fry. Keep adding water, 2 tbsps at a time until the beans are crisp tender. This is a dry dish so all the water has to be absorbed. Finally add the light soy and the last tablespoon of sugar and stir. Turn the heat off and add the chopped peanuts and coriander. Transfer to a serving dish.

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  1. I saw the tweet and had to jump in to see what you made. I love pork .. a lot! 8 days in Vegas .. that must be so much fun. That is one place and Hawai.. where I can go any number of time and never get tired :) This dish is looking lovely .. me in total crave now :P

  2. Mmm.... I could almost smell it from here. Just the other day, I made Lemongrass Tea for my guest & the aroma filled the entire house.

    Vegas? Oh, I miss that Neon City & did a post on that too. What a coincidence!

  3. I love lemon grass.And so happy we can buy it here along with other excotics in local asian store where people are so friendly and smiling and advice how to prepare dish is free.
    Your dish is as always very yummy:)

  4. Mmm this dish looks amazing and I love your pictures! I'll have to try this soon! :)

  5. Who wouldn't love this dish, Adora??! It looks so flavorful!

  6. Yum! Looks delicious as always :) I used to be like your son with the corn and peas, he he, but now I love loads of vegies so there is hope!! Keep the wonderful recipes coming please! :)

  7. Wow, that looks and sound delicious. I am a huge pork fan so thanks for the share, great job!

  8. I love a long break from cooking, but it's always wonderful to get back to the kitchen after days of restaurant food. This pork dish sounds amazing...mmmmmm.

  9. Glad you are back in the kitchen, so you could post this amazing recipe. I have been toying with the idea of cooking with lemongrass. Your recipe has further convinced me. Thanks for sharing.

  10. This looks like such a great meal..thank you for sharing it!

  11. This is a dish I would love to prepare to my family! I love it! Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Wow, 8 days in Vegas? I am overwhelmed by the place within 24 hours. I'd be craving some of your yummy home-cooking like this too!

  13. Another amazing recipe Adora! I know how that goes with the picky eaters. With six kids, there was/is always SOMEONE who says they don't like whatever is on the table lol.

  14. Oh goodness, that is a beautiful pork dish!!

  15. this looks really fun! So excited to find an excellent lemon grass dish!

  16. This looks amazing! I imagine even the pickiest of eaters would love this one...Buzzed!

    Welcome back!

  17. Wow 8 days in Vegas! The longest I was there was probably 4 days or so. I hope you had fun Adora! I love this home cooked meal... it's very comforting to eat this with rice to me. You are such a good mom making different food for everyone - I'm like "Eat this or there is no other food." LOL. =P

  18. I hope you had lots of fun in Vegas! What buffet did you like the most? I try to stay away from buffets because I always tent to overeat. There is simple to much good food I want to try =)

    You are such a good mommy trying to make a different dish for everyone!

  19. I could have as much of it for a dinner with hubby. It looks wonderfully prepared.


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