Savoury Garlic Pork

Preparation Time: 3 Minutes
Cooking Time: 7 Minutes

This is real fusion cooking - a marriage of East and West. I find this quick and tasty recipe so good that i often simply toss in some cooked pasta, drizzle in a little olive oil and serve it just as it is. However, it is equally good with plain steamed rice. The secret is to use minced pork, which cooks fast and absorbs more flavour.


  • 1½ tablespoons groundnut (peanut) oil
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
  • 450g (1 lb) minced pork
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 50 ml (2 fl oz) home-made chicken stock or quality store-bought fresh stock
  • handful fresh basil leaves


  1. Heat a wok over high heat until it is hot. Add the two oils, and when they are very hot and slightly smoking, add the garlic and chilli powder, if using, and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the pork and stir-fry for 3 Minutes.
  3. Then add the parsley, salt, pepper, soy sauce, sugar and stock, and continue to stir-fry for 3 Minutes. Check that the pork is cooked through and that there is no trace of pink.
  4. Finally, add the basil and stir-fry for 1 further minute.
  5. Turn onto a warm platter and serve at once.