Chinese Broccoli Pork Rolls

My dear readers, apologies for not posting for one whole month, thank you all for tirelessly visiting the blog even when I’ve been away, I really appreciate it! Other than being busy with work, my family and I actually went on a 10 day vacation to North California, we saw many beautiful sights and ate TONS of delicious foods. To tell you the truth I got totally addicted to Japanese spicy ramen, went to the same place 3 times during our trip to the beautiful city of San Francisco. On the day we got back home, I started feeling a bit down, now what are we suppose to do with getting our fix? BTW it was very surprising to find out the price of food was actually more affordable there, the fruits were GIGANTIC and ripen the right way for them to be super juicy and fragrant, oh how I miss them!

Anywho, now that we are back home, it’s time for me to get back to the kitchen again. Honestly I was a hot mess this evening, trying Just One Cookbook’s Japanese Beef Roll recipe for the first time while starting late on dinner preparation, we didn’t end up eating until 7:45pm, my little girl was not too impressed, but as soon as she took a bite, she got quiet and didn’t talk much until she’s done with dinner. Haha! BTW Hubby also enjoyed this dish very much, he came around while I was pan frying the rolls (probably due to the aroma) and told me it looked good (which is always a good sign right?). While tasting he said this is definitely a good way to get people to eat the stem of Chinese Broccoli. BTW I did a little modification to Nami’s recipe due to not having carrots in the house, hope you will enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg Shabu Pork (or any shabu meat of your choice)
  • 1 bunch of Chinese Broccoli, cleaned and cut into 3 inch pieces, half of quarter the stem portion
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Sauce

  • 2    Tbsp. Mirin
  • 2    Tbsp. soy sauce (I used 1 low sodium, 1 dark soy sauce)

Directions:

1. Combine Sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Put broccoli stems in a microwave-safe container.  Cover with water and microwave for 3-4 minutes (depending on the thickness).

3. Dust with salt and pepper over the meat.  Place 2-3 stem pieces on each sliced pork and roll them up.

4. In a non-stick frying pan, heat oil on medium high heat and cook the rolls until browned.

5. Pour the Sauce over and coat the rolls with sauce by shifting the pan or rotating them with chopsticks.  When the sauce gets thicken, turn off the heat and transfer to a plate. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Just One Cookbook

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Purabi Naha says:

    Wow, loved the idea of your blog! I am particularly interested in your blog because it is an assortment od best Asian dishes across all the blogs. This recipe from Just One Cookbook (I visit this blog often) is just great! Loved your blog very much…it’s different!
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    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Purabi! Thank you for the compliments! I am just a novice cook looking for interesting recipes, and this blog started as a place for me to store them, so my little girl has a place to look things up when she eventually picks up cooking as a hobby (A Mother can dream right?) I love your blog also, especially the “secrets” to how to make the dishes excellent. Looking forward to see more!

  2. Sissi says:

    I am so happy to see you back, Jeno! I was one of those who visited every day, in vain. So do you plan moving to San Francisco? It sounds like a food paradise.
    Your version of Nami’s rolls looks great and sounds delicious. It’s the first time I finally see an interesting recipe with the Chinese broccoli (I see it sometimes at my Vietnamese/Thai shop). Now I know what to do if I buy it! Thank you!

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Sissi! Sorry I have been away for so long, I was the biggest idiot yesterday in my kitchen from the lack of practice! The San Francisco food scene is INSANE! We will most likely go back every so many years just to enjoy… Glad to hear you liked my version of Nami’s rolls, I’ve been meaning to make it for a while, and am I glad I did! The meat and vegi made a very interesting combination, hope you will try it out one day!

  3. lyntrinix says:

    Hi Jeno! So happy to see you back! 😀
    The way you described those GIGANTIC fruits are so tempting! I’m sure you’ll be going back there again for them in season! Help me to eat my share! LOL
    Beautiful shot for this Chinese Broccoli Pork Rolls! This is something new and worth trying coz the commonly used veggie is asparagus. Hope to see more posts from you! Have a great day! ^.^

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Lyn! Yes we love California, the fresh fruits and beautiful scenery make me want to go back all the time! I really enjoyed eating the pork rolls, Nami has some great recipe! Can’t wait to see your posting about the agedashi tofu!

  4. I’m happy you enjoyed such a beautiful time in San Francisco! I’ve been there once – 14 years ago, much too long ago! – and I loved it soooooo much! It’s one of the very few cities I can imagine to live and actually feel well (I’m afraid of earthquakes, though :(). I long to go there again!

    Your pork rolls look wonderful! I’ve never tried to make meat rolls, but I think I should definitely try!

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Kath! I’ve actually been to San Francisco 3 times now, every time I head back it’s an even better experience! This time around I am a lot more aware of the food, and how affordable they are compare to Texas. The daily activities helped us stay in shape, the weather was pleasant the whole 10 days we were there so we got to see and do a lot, so very enjoyable! I didn’t feel any earthquakes while there, though back at Taiwan as a kid, I experienced plenty huge quakes, so I am not very fearful of that… Maybe it’s time you pay San Francisco another visit! 🙂

      The pork rolls turned out real well, even though I was completely unprepared and felt “dumb” in the kitchen due to lack of practice. I am hoping for a better experience tonight!

      1. I’ll be back to San Francisco as soon as I can afford it! 😀 Theearthquake danger still scares me, though, because a very dear person almost died in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. But I know I’d anyway.

  5. I miss you not being in SF anymore! Next time you come we’ll go eat together! After you left it’s been much cooler and it’s raining since yesterday. You totally brought Texas sun to SF!

    Pork rolls look great with Chinese broccoli. It’s such a great idea! We (Japanese wives) always find some new ingredients to roll with meat, and I have never seen Chinese broccoli yet! Good choice!! Looks delicious and glad family liked it! 🙂

    1. Jeno says:

      Hahahaha, I told Jon we do bring the Texas heat and sun with us while traveling! Yeah, next time we will definitely make sure to meet up with you and your lovely family!

      I have never even seen meat rolls before, Asian markets offer such great and affordable shabu shabu meats, but I never knew what to do with them. Trust me there will be all kinds of “rolls” in my kitchen from now on. thanks Nami for sharing!

  6. Hi Jeno, what a great meat rolls. I love Nami’s recipes, but your look really nice too..delicious and very tempting! I hope you are having great weekend ahead!

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Sandra, welcome and thank you for visiting. Congrats on your cook book, what a great accomplishment! I have been a fan for a while, looking forward to more postings from you!

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