Stir-Fried Pork with Leeks

All you need for this quick, satisfying dinner is heat, oil, and a handful of ingredients, applied with care.

  • Serves


  • Cook

    25 minutes


By Pan Suefen

Updated on June 30, 2024

This recipe for cong bao rou si, or stir-fried pork with leeks, is adapted from Taiwanese home cook, stir-fry expert, and former restaurant owner Pan Suefen. It calls for a “reverse” stir-fry technique, in which the vegetables are cooked before the meat. It tends to be forgiving for a novice stir-fryer, since vegetables release water as they cook and won’t stick the way that meat will if the wok isn’t quite hot enough. 

This pork and leek stir-fry also illustrates the importance of the knife in stir-fry cooking. Leeks are sliced on the diagonal to increase the surface area exposed to the wok; that way, they wilt and release their fragrance faster. The pork is sliced thinly so that it will brown quickly before it loses its moisture. The trick to precisely uniform pieces is chilling the meat in the freezer for 20 minutes—just long enough to firm it up—which makes consistent slicing a breeze. Spoon the finished stir-fry over steamed rice, and dinner is served.

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  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. Chinese dark soy sauce
  • ½ tsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 10 oz. boneless pork butt, frozen for 20 minutes and cut into 2-in.-by-⅛-in. strips
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 leek, white and pale green parts only, cut on the bias into ¼-in.pieces


Step 1

In a medium bowl, stir together the sesame oil, dark soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, and half the garlic. Add the pork, toss well, and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Return the wok to high heat and add the vegetable oil around the edge of the wok, swirling to coat the bottom and sides. Add the marinated pork and remaining garlic, and cook, stirring and tossing continuously, until the pork is browned, about 2 minutes.

Step 3

Return the leek to the wok and stir-fry until just tender, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.

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