Who says you need to stay with tradition, especially when it comes to these Moo Shu Pork Sliders. I didn’t have the traditional soft pancakes and opted to make sliders instead. End result – a worthy lunch indeed.
So with all of the Christmas festivities over, we are still in a food coma. Dave smoked a big Rib Eye Roast, we had some Jalapeño Mac & White Cheddar Cheese, a wonderful salad and the dessert that ended the meal was a homemade Apple Pie with Salted Caramel. It was a wonderful time that started with a morning hike with a dear friend and the dogs up on Mount Laguna.
After a weekend of leftovers, it was time to change things up a bit and I was in the mood for something Chinese.
I thought since I wanted my Chinese favorite Moo Shu pork, and I didn’t have the needed pancakes, it wouldn’t stop me from going forward so I made sliders instead. Topping the burger with the delectable hoisin sauce makes it complete as you would when filling a traditional pancake.
Sometimes being a little too lazy to run to the market for that one last or needed ingredient leads me to creative inspiration. You can make these like big patties or like small sliders, depending on a main course or as a appetizer.
Peking-style hoisin sauce ingredients include starches such as sweet potato, wheat or rice, and water, sugar, soybeans, sesame seeds, white distilled vinegar, salt, garlic, red chili peppers. It is similar to Plum sauce, but at the same time very different. It can be found in most Asian markets or in the Asian department of any grocery store.
I didn’t have any gas for my grill and opted to grill these in house on the stove top with my trusty grill pan.
I had Hawaiian Bread rolls on hand and quickly toasted these up first for a little crunch texture and with some fresh lettuce, a spread of hoisin sauce I was in business. These came together quickly and the green onion and cilantro added a bright flavor to the perfectly grilled pork slider.
Moo Shu Pork Sliders
- 1 lb pork ground
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1 egg , beaten
- 1/2 cup water chestnuts , chopped small
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground ginger
- 4 green onions , sliced
- 1/4 cup cilantro , chopped
- 4 tbsp Hoisin sauce
- 4 Hawaiian Bread rolls
- In a medium bowl thoroughly mix all ingredients except hoisin and rolls.
- Shape pork mixture into 4 patties and cook on a oiled grill, the BBQ or in a frying pan until desired doneness - 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
- Toast the Hawaiian Bread rolls. Spread a tablespoon of hoisin sauce on toasted Hawaiian bread bun bottom. Top each with red leaf lettuce, slider and top with other toasted roll half.