A little sweet, a little sour, and a whole lotta delicious.
Mandarin Orange Sesame Pork
- 1 cup fresh mandarin orange juice
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons mirin
- 2 teaspoons sake
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil (plus more, if needed)
- 1 cup onion sliced
- 1/2 cup mandarin orange diced
- salt to taste
- 2 lb. pork tenderloin cubed
- 2 cups rice to serve
- 2 cups arugula to serve
- pinch sesame seeds to serve
Cook rice according to package directions.
In a small pot on medium-high heat, add the mandarin orange juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, mirin, sake, garlic and ginger. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, combine corn starch and water. Stir until smooth, then add to the pot. Season with a pinch of salt, to taste.
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium-high, then add the onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, before adding the mandarin oranges. Let cook another 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and add to the pot with the sauce. Return pan to heat, add another drop or two of oil, then add the pork.
Once lightly browned and cooked through, remove pork from heat and add the sauce and onions to the pan. Toss everything together until well coated. Taste for seasoning and add salt as needed.
Serve with rice and fresh arugula, along with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.