Today we are making Stuffed pepper. This is a traditional Hakka style recipe. Since I am half Hakkaness, I grew up with this dish. My mom will make it for special events such as we got guests visit us. Or my sisters or I got an A + in the school. I am happy to share it with you.
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Ingredients For The Filling
370g (13oz) of green chilies
400 grams (14 oz) of ground pork
4 pieces of dried shiitake mushroom (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/3bhIO3f)
2 tsp (11.5g) of soy sauce (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/2YVD8af)
1/2 tbsp (9g) of oyster sauce (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/31LjijL)
1/2 tsp (3g) of salt
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp ( 4g) of ginger
1.5 tbsp (11g) of cornstarch
1/4 cup (25g) of diced scallion
Ingredients For The Sauce
1/4 tsp (1.5g) of salt
1/2 tbsp (8.5g) of soy sauce
1/2 tsp (3g) of dark soy sauce (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/2Gk76hN)
Black pepper to taste
1 tbsp (7.5g) of Cornstarch
1 cup (236g) of the mushroom soaking liquid
2.5 tbsp (35g) of cooking oil to pan fry the peppers
Soak 4 pieces of dried shiitake mushroom with 1 cup of water for 2 hours. Dice the mushroom. Save the liquid for later.
Season 400g of pork with 2 tsp of soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp of oyster sauce, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of finely diced ginger, and minced garlic. Crack in 1 egg and add in 1.5 tbsp of cornstarch. Start mixing the filling within 1 direction for 5 minutes. This will help to develop the texture of the filling. Your arm might feel sour. You can relax a little and keep working.
Once the meat is well mixed, add in the diced mushrooms and 1/4 cup of diced scallion. Keep mixing until well combined. Set the filling aside.
Choose the pepper that fits your spicy level. Do not use the peppers that are too fat otherwise you have to stuff a lot of meat in and it will take too long to cook the pork through. Discard the pepper stem and cut the pepper open. Remove all the seeds.
Stuff the filling into the pepper. If you don’t eat spicy food, you can use okra. The amount that I gave is enough to serve 2-3 people with some rice.
Add a generous amount of cooking oil into a large frying pan. Fried the stuffed pepper meat side down on low heat until the meat is nice and golden. Flip and fried the other side until done. Make sure you keep the heat on low. If the heat is too high, the outside will be burned before the inside gets fully cooked. Each pepper needs about 10-15 minutes depending on the size. Take ou the stuffed peppers once they are done.
To the mushroom soaking liquid, add 1/4 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, a little bit of dark soy sauce for the color, some freshly ground black pepper, and 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Mix well.
Pour the sauce into the frying pan. Stir until it thickens up. Use the sauce as a gravy to pour over the stuffed pepper and you are done.