Hoss’s Moo Shu Pork Burritos
When in Rome… Eat Burritos?
* Hoss’s Market Recipes originally appeared in a local Missouri News column in the 2000’s
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This has been my mantra when visiting different locales, at leas from a gastronomical standpoint. The mass marketing of national chain restaurants may try to convince you that there’s good cookin’ in some neighborhood, but in reality, it’s just the same mediocre schlock that you can get in this fair city, or that, or any one of a thousand others.
If you’re lucky, you get something that is at least prepared on-site from a corporate, standardized recipe that has been formulated to appeal to the masses, a consistent mediocrity. If you are less fortunate, you get something that has come out of a package of some sort and has been re-heated. Nothing unique or creative there!
But, if you’re interested in food enough to read this column, my assumption is that you are a little more savvy and realize that, no matter how tantalizing the food looks on T.V. or in print ads, what you get on your plate bears only a faint resemblance to those representations, and is an affront to your taste buds. Why would one want to eat at a Houlihan’s on Fishermans’ Wharf in San Francisco? (Yes, there really is/was one!) Who knows?
When you are traveling, you should immerse yourself in the cuisine of the area. Perhaps it is a multi-ethnic fusion scene, as many of the big cities are, or maybe you’re in a small town, where cafes and diners are more the norm. You are cheating yourself if you don’t try the locally owned establishments. These are the ones where the proprietors take pride in the food and service that they offer. These are the locations where you will discover those hidden culinary gems that you will taste in your memory for years to come.
While in San Francisco recently, we did just that. One of many eateries that we visited is called the Fog City Diner. It is somewhat of a misnomer because, although laid out like a classic diner, it is no hash-house, and the décor is a bit more upscale (www.fogcitydiner.com). One of our favorite picks was a twist on a Chinese classic, and here’s a try at replicating it.
Moo Shu Burritos with Hot Mustard Recipe
1 pound pork, julienne
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. minced ginger
1 c. sliced shiitake mushrooms
2 c. shredded cabbage
3/4 c. julienne red pepper
1 cup hoisin sauce
1 c. bias slice scallions
Spring Roll wrappers or flour tortillas, cut in 3-4 inch sections
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Chinese hot mustard
In a wok filled with 1 cup oil, bring to high temperature and add the pork. Stir fry the pork briefly to med rare. Remove, strain pork and set aside.
Stir fry the garlic, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms until soft, about 2-3 minutes and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add the cabbage, pepper and scallions and continue stir frying 2 minutes.
Add back the pork and the hoisin and check for flavor.
Roll in wrappers and serve with hot mustard.
Moo Shu Wine Pairing:
2007 Grey Slate” Dry Riesling
This wine comes from vineyards of grey slate soil. Fruity nose with scents of apple, lime, pineapple and pear that are echoed on the palate. Plenty of tart, almost completely dry fruit. — 88 points from Wine Spectator.
Price: $17.99 per bottle
Hoss’s Market offers over 300 different exceptional wines. Our wine experts will help select the prefect pairings for your menu selection. Starting at $9.95 per bottle. Visit our “Dozen and Down” rack for over 40 wines all under $12.99 per bottle.