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Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Stir-Fried Carrots and Parsnips with Spicy Pork

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
I based this on a Cantonese dish my dad would make when I was growing up. He would take hours chopping, dicing and slicing and then throw it all into a boiling hot wok and dinner would be served within two minutes. I think he loved the cinema of this type of cooking. I miss him and the dish so much that I came up with a simplified weeknight version of it. Don't like spicy food? Simply omit the red pepper flakes. Serve this with bowls of steamed rice.



  1. Cook the pork: Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil begins to smoke lightly, break the pork into small pieces, add the pork in an even layer and season generously with salt and the red pepper flakes. Brown and cook the pork until the pink is gone, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetables and finish: Stir in the garlic, carrots and parsnips and continue stirring and cooking until the vegetables are tender and mixed in, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, peas and vinegar with the hoisin. Shut off the heat and taste for seasoning. Add more vinegar and/or salt if needed. Stir in the sesame seeds and scallions. Serve immediately, with cooked rice if desired.