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Feb 25, 2013 10:28 AM

Hot Braised Pork - Chinese Restaurant Dish

I used to get a dish called hot braised pork at a restaurant on Foster Ave. near Kimball called Wok Inn. This dish was amazing. Nuggets of pork deep fried then stir fried with a dark, garlic-ey not too spicy sauce (the menu showed it as one of the "hot" dishes) including sliced onion, red & green peppers and carrots.

I have never seen this dish on any other restaurant menu although I am sure it exists, probably with a different name. Special warm thoughts to anyone who can reunite me with this old favorite (the Wok Inn closed many years ago and we're still looking).

They had another dish they called twice cooked pork - planks of pork were first braised or roasted then stir fried with slices of cabbage in a similarly hot garlick-ey sauce. Thanks.

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  1. Some places call that "empress" sauce. At the restaurant where I learned to cook chinese food american-style, the sauce was hoisin, chile oil, oyster sauce, salt and sugar and some watered corn strarch for bulk and thickness.

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    1. re: jbontario

      If you mean "empress" as in "empress chicken" no, this was not like that dish at all, at least at any of the restaurants where I was served Empress Chicken. Thanks for your feedback.

    2. This is my favorite dish also. I live in Danville, il and used to get it at a place here called Mandarin House. After they left town I searched for years for the recipe, or some other place that made it. I finally found a place on the Universty of Illinois champaign/urbana campus called BoBo China. It tastes just like I remember it. You could probably call them and have them give you the recipe to have your local chinese place make it. They are real nice people. Funny note, we are usually the only caucasian people in the restauant, if that tells you anything about the authenticity.

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      1. re: Bouncerboy1

        Many thanks for the tip and Happy New Year to you!!!