You'll need an ovenproof skillet, saute pan or wok.
One pork tenderloin (usually there are two in a package, each about 1-1/4 pounds each -- it isn't necessary to be too exact).
Honey or brown sugar
Vinegar -- rice wine or red wine are both nice
Sweet Red chili sauce -- buy the good stuff in the international food aisle
Canola oil or peanut oil
Veggies: I used onions, baby leeks and mushrooms. You could easily add carrots, broccoli, peas, etc.
Mix together about 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 T honey or brown sugar, 1 T canola oil, 1 T vinegar, about 12 peppercorns, two chopped cloves of garlic and a teaspoon or so of grated fresh ginger. (While you are preparing the garlic and ginger, make enough for the sauce below)
Remove as much of the "silver skin" and fat (there shouldn't be much) from the outside of the tenderloin as you can. Slice the pork about 3/4 inch thick.
Put the above mixture in a zip-lock bag with the pork for at least an hour.
Meanwhile, clean and chop whatever veggies you are using.
Make the sauce. The approximate formula is:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 T worcestershire sauce
- 3 Tbs. ketchup
- 1 to 3 Tablespoons of sweet chili sauce (start with 1).
- 4 Tbs. vinegar -- rice wine if you have it, but any kind will do
- 2 to 4 Tbs. honey Start with 2, then add more if needed after you taste the sauce.
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp. (or more) grated fresh ginger
After an hour or two, take the pork out of the fridge and dredge the pieces in cornstarch. Shake the pieces so that there's not too much excess cornstarch, only what will stick to them.
Heat a little canola oil in a heavy skillet or saute pan or wok. You don't need a lot of oil, just a tablespoon or so.
Saute the pork until golden brown on each side but not cooked through and remove to a plate. In the same pan, saute the veggies, starting with the "hardest" ones first (i.e, carrots take longer to cook than mushrooms.) They don't have to be "done," just softened up a bit. While you're doing this, set the oven to 350 degrees.
When the veggies have softened a bit, put the pork on top of them, pour the sauce over them. Then pour about 1 cup water or even chicken stock into the pan from the side so you don't wash the sauce off the top of the pork pieces. (If you add the water to the sauce first, it also won't stick as well to the meat. We want it to stick to the meat so that carmelization will happen in the next step. But we want the additional liquid so that as the next step happens and the sauce thickens and condenses, we will still have enough sauce.)
Now, put the oven-proof skillet (or whatever) into the pre-heated oven and cook for 30 to 40 minutes.
If you like rice, make rice. Or quinoa or couscous.