Singapore Zi Char Recipe: Quick & Easy Curry Pork 煮炒咖喱猪肉

Singapore Zi Char Recipe: Quick & Easy Curry Pork 煮炒咖喱猪肉

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Some of you who aren’t local Singaporeans might be wondering what is the meaning of the term Zi Char (sometimes spelt as Zhi Char / Tze char) . For us Singaporeans, almost everyone of us knows what it means. Before I tell you what it means, I shall construct a few sentences here to help you guess what it means. (1) What do you wanna eat? Zi char or Mcdonalds? (2) Which zi char stall is the best in Singapore? (3) Which zi char stall serves the best chilli crabs?

Can you guess what zi char means? Alright, zi char is a hokkien term which literally means cook & fry in Mandarin – it’s a term we use to describe a coffeeshop stall that serves freshly cooked dishes and such a stall is usually operated by Chinese .I have no idea how this term came about but I guess in the olden days, zi char stall owners must have said they serve cooked and fried food dishes so over the years, people just affectionately refer to them as Zi Char. So much about zi char but what has it gotta do with our recipe today? That’s because this curry pork is a zi char inspired dish – a quick stir fry dish which you can easily whip out at home.

Refer to the ingredient list below and watch our step-by-step video here for your reference.

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Serves 4

Marinate meat first for 30 mins with the following ingredients

230g of sliced pork loin
1/2 teaspoon of five spice powder
1.5 teaspoons of meat curry powder
2 teaspoons of cornflour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
A few dashes of white pepper

Let’s put the whole dish together

1 tablespoon of cooking oil
10g of chopped ginger
2 pcs of chopped shallots
3 cloves of chopped garlic
2 large sliced red onion
1 tablespoon of meat curry powder
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 tablespoon of chilli powder
2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of chicken stock powder
Marinated pork
2 stalks of spring onion

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