Moo Shu Pork


Moo Shu Pork

Moo Shu pork, mu shu or mu xu pork is a type of Chinese stir fried dish made out of chopped meat, scrambled eggs and Asian vegetables such as bamboo shoots and lily buds then wrapped in moo shu pancakes (similar to soft tacos). The name came from the Chinese word mù xi ròu where ròu means meat while mù xi is a small ornamental tree that produces fragrant yellow or white flowers that looks like scrambled eggs

Consuming this dish is also similar to roast duck with pancakes where the diner typically places a small amount of hoisin sauce into a small pancake, adds a spoonful of moo shu pork then is folded. It is served that way as the dish contains more liquid than typical wraps, and serving it the way how burritos are presented will make the wrap soaked. For this recipe it will be a bit different than the traditional ones as it will be hard to find fresh bamboo shoots and lily buds here in New Zealand (there are canned ones but they don’t taste and smell nice), so we will be using readily available vegetables like the one used in American Chinese version of moo shu pork such as carrots, shiitake and spring onions. And to make it easier I will use some tortilla wraps as well.

Ingredients

300g pork tenderloin, cut in matchstick pieces
4 pcs dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and thinly sliced
1 large carrot, cut in matchstick pieces
2 cups bean sprouts
3 stalks spring onions, sliced
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Chinese cooking wine
3 tbsp water
1 tsp sugar
3 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp sesame oil
hoisin sauce
small tortilla wraps
salt
oil

Method

1. In a bowl mix together pork, 2 tsp cornstarch, half of the soy sauce and half of the cooking wine.
2. In a separate bowl mix together the remaining soy sauce, remaining Chinese cooking wine, water, sugar, cornstarch and sesame oil
3. Using a wok add oil and gently cook eggs until set. remove from pan then set aside.
4. Turn the heat to high then stir fry pork, ginger and garlic for 2 minutes or until pork is lightly browned.
5. Add shiitake and carrots; continue to stir fry for 2 minutes.
6. Then add the bean sprouts, spring onions and sauce mixture, stir fry for 1 more minute.
7. Break or chop scrambled eggs and toss it into the wok, give it a good mix then turn the heat off.
8. Serve while hot together with tortilla wraps and hoisin sauce.

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18 thoughts on “Moo Shu Pork

  1. It looks fantastic! I love all the ingredients (including the tortilla wraps ;-) ), so I wish I hadn’t already started to prepare my dinner for tonight…
    I am relieved to learn I’m not the only one who thinks canned bamboo shoots have a strange smell… I think they need to be rinsed, but even rinsed they smell so strong…

  2. Sorry Raymund,
    When I see a pork dish with the word “moo” in it’s title, I just got the giggles.
    (… ok, now my very bad imitation to a southern cowboy ” that just don’t seem right, do it?”

  3. Actually, now that I’ve recovered myself somewhat, I’ve read the ingredients and if I could make this sans mushrooms (ugh allergy) then I think I’d really like to give this recipe a go.
    Might a little chopped red chili pepper work with this mix do you think?

  4. Moo shu pork is my all time favorite and now my kids love it too. But I never even thought of making it at home!! What a great idea to use tortilla. I always have leftover tortilla but don’t want to eat Mexican food in a row… This is such a fantastic idea that I should bookmark and try – I might try this first then Mexican food the following day. LOL!

    p.s. by the way I was checking your site from iPad earlier and it was really cool feature. I saw your main food photo then I had to swipe to get into main page (this one). I didn’t know that as I always use computer to visit you. I thought that was really cool feature!!

  5. Ahh.. just looking at a the photo makes me drool. Will definitely try to cook this with the fresh bamboo shoots as you mentioned. And because I don’t eat pork, will just substitute it with beef or chicken or better yet with peking duck. Mmm.. more yumm!…

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