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With a population of around 230,000 in the United Kingdom, people of Chinese descent have a fairly well-established community in Britain. There are several Chinatowns and Chinese community centres scattered throughout the United Kingdom, where people can participate in cookery lessons and celebrate both British and Chinese festivals. There are no hard and fast rules with Chinese food, which has evolved over thousands of years. This version of a popular classic incorporates Bramley apples, which are unique to Britain.
- Prep: 10mins
- Cook: 10-12mins
- Serves 4
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 500 g pork loin steaks, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 cm piece root ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
- 6 spring onions, trimmed and sliced
- 2 Bramley apples, quartered and cored
- 75 g / 3 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or sherry
- 150 ml / ¼ pt chicken stock
- juice, ½ lime,
- noodles to serve
- Heat half the oil in a large frying pan or wok, add the pork loin, garlic and ginger stir fry for 4-5mins or until the pork is crisp and golden.
- Transfer to a plate.
- Heat the remaining oil in the pan, add the chillies, peppers, onions, apples and stir fry for 4 mins or until pale golden.
- Return the pork to the pan with the mushrooms, then add the soy, wine or sherry and stock.
- Bring to the boil, and simmer for 2 mins.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the lime.
- Serve in bowls with noodles.