Stir-fried Pork and Potatoes

Stir-frying pork with potatoes

There has been a lot of pork recipes lately since we managed to get handsome supply of good quality pork belly and other leaner parts these past weeks. It is not easy to get fresh meat, so I am trying to cook as much as my favorite dishes as possible. Also I have a noticeably increased waistline for all these delicious fatty food! We didn’t gained any weight when we were little and had to finish up our big plate of rice till the final grain daily. But now, with only a little bit of rice every meal, I can feel my body expanding. This is unnatural. Bad carbs! But what would I do without rice? Can’t dare to imagine!

Another of my childhood favorite dish is juicy pork stir-fried with potato slices with thick gooey sweet sauce to go with the bowl of steamed rice. The pork is stir-fried over high heat to seal in the natural juices and simmered quickly to cook it through. Sounds easy and simple enough. Well, the best always is.

It is also important to work quickly, as most stir-fries dishes is. It requires you to be quick and hands-on. Keep tossing and moving the ingredients around the hot wok. The high sugar content (from the sugar and sweet sauces marinades) will cause them to burn fairly quickly.

I love these quick stir-fries dishes. I made a lot of sounds with the spatula and the wok, sounds like I actually know what I was doing. It certainly makes good impression if we have guests over!

Stir-fried pork and potatoes


Stir-fried Pork and Potatoes

Makes 2 servings


200 g lean pork
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tbsp tapioca starch, or cornstarch
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp mushroom-flavored dark soy sauce
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into thin slices
2 tbsp cooking oil, more for deep-frying potato slices
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 stalk leek, cut lengthwise into 5cm length
1/2 cup hot water


Cut pork into thin slices of 0.5cm thickness and flatten lightly. Alternatively, place a piece of plastic on top of slices of pork and pound lightly with meat tenderizer.

Marinade pork with sugar, salt, pepper, starch and both soy sauces in a bowl. Leave for 15 to 30 minutes.

Heat cooking oil and deep-fry potatoes slices till slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Heat cooking oil in a wok over high heat. Toss in garlic and fry till fragrant. Add pork and stir fry for about 2 minutes till the pork tender but firm.

Add water and simmer for the sauce to slightly thicken. Lower heat, add potatoes and leek. Cook till everything is mixed well.

Serve warm with steamed rice

Step by step

Preparing pork marinade

Preparing pork marinades

Deep-frying potato slices

Deep frying potato slices

Stir-frying pork with potatoes

Stir-frying pork and potatoes

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22 Responses to “Stir-fried Pork and Potatoes”

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    Beaulotus — September 24, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

    I grew up on that too! Though my mum didn’t deep-fry her potatoes, she probably just sliced them very thinly and cook with the pork. You wouldn’t be Hokkien like her, would you? :-)

    Ahhh…such a long time since I last ate this.

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:26 am

      My mother is Hokkien. I think Hokkien ladies are such great cooks! And they really pay attention to the cutting and preparation of ingredients before cooking. Can be a pain, but the end rewards are great! :D

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    LimeCake — September 25, 2010 @ 1:14 am

    this looks delicious! looks very hearty, especially with rice. yum!

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:27 am

      Thank you!

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    Big Boys Oven — September 25, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    such an easy to follow recipe, loved it!

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:28 am

      Thanks, BBO! :)

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    Prerna@IndianSimmer — September 25, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    Wow, What a gorgeous space you have here! Love your photographs and love the recipes. So glad I stumbled upon your blog. Looking forward to visitin it often.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:29 am

      Thank you so much for your visit, Prerna!

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    mycookinghut — September 25, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    It doesn’t help when I can just stare and can’t taste! :P

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:30 am

      It is easy to prepare! :)

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    Lisa — September 26, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    Pork and potatoes go so well together. Your dish looks absolutely fantastic!

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:31 am

      They are the most compatible ingredients in any Chinese-style stir-fry dishes, I reckon. Together with soy sauce and leek!

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    tigerfish — September 27, 2010 @ 5:02 am

    This is absolutely delicious :) …..and the pork looks still moist too.

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:50 am

      Can’t stress enough the importance to marinade pork before stir-frying. It brings out the color and the soft texture all out!

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    noobcook — September 27, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    One of my fave ways to enjoy potatoes is to stir fry, not the western way of roasting haha … and your sauce looks wicked good!

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:51 am

      Yeah! I still don’t get roast-dishes. Mine always comes out all dry and tough!

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    gertrude — October 4, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    My mom love cooking this dish for us especially when she runs out of idea of what to prepapre for dinner. Meat and pototoes goes well together. By the way I love all your pictures. They are just beautiful!!

    • Jun replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:52 am

      Thank you so much for your comment! I am a great fan of yours!

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    asianfoodophile — August 3, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    A fantastic dish. I will try to cook this dish following your recipe and later try cooking it again but add in 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tbs of curry powder to marinate and then add 1 or 2 sprigs of curry leaf when tossing in the garlic to fry.

    Changes the fragrance and taste but still remains so delicious.

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    Paula — May 5, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    Just like the way my mum cook for us years and years ago! Thanks so much Jun. Amazing website!

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    aichusyu — June 13, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Tried this dish today coz we had big potates and extra pounds of pork! it was really fantastic, my roommate loved the dish

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