Ingredient Notes, Cook’s Tips, and FAQs
- Pork: You can use thinly sliced pork belly instead of scotch fillets if you like.
- Korean ingredients: Gochujang (fermented Korean chili pepper paste), gochugaru (Korean hot pepper powder), and mirin can be found in Asian or Korean grocery stores, or purchased online. Gochujang is also available in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets. Adjust the amount of gochugaru you use to taste as some brands can be very spicy.
- Ginger Garlic Paste: This paste is commonly used in Indian cooking. I like using it in the marinade because it has an ultra smooth and fine texture. You can find it in Indian grocery stores or online. Alternatively, you can use finely chopped garlic and ginger instead.
- Chilies: Feel free to use less or deseed them if you prefer to make this dish milder, or omit them entirely if you’re not big on heat.
- Cover the bowl with a paper towel AND cling wrap if marinating the pork overnight in the fridge. This will prevent water droplets that’ll form on the cling wrap from getting into the pork marinade.
- To make this gluten-free: Use a gluten-free gochujang, gluten-free light soy sauce (or Tamari), and mirin.
- To make this alcohol free: For a nonalcoholic substitute for mirin, use 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and ½ teaspoon of honey or granulated white sugar.
- Can I make this ahead? The pork stir-fry can be made 2-3 days in advance and will stay good in the fridge in a sealed airtight container. However, it tastes best when eaten immediately after cooking. I recommend not garnishing with the toasted white sesame seeds if making ahead. Reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring once in between. Then drizzle sesame oil on top, and sprinkle with toasted white sesame seeds and spring onion if desired.
- To make this with chicken: I recommend using boneless and skinless chicken thighs if using chicken. Marinate the chicken with the same ingredient amounts. Use the same alternating searing and stir-frying for 30 seconds method to cook the chicken until it’s cooked through.