Moo Shu Pork

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 6 reviews

Asian food recipes Main Dishes Pork Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 15 minutes

Moo Shu Pork features eggs, fresh vegetables, and tender pork in a flavor-packed Asian sauce. Stuff into warm tortillas and dip in hoisin sauce, eat over rice, or scoop into lettuce cups for a low-carb meal!

For more one-skillet Asian-inspired meals, try our Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli, healthy String Bean Chicken Breast, and take-out style Shrimp Fried Rice.

Classic Moo Shu Pork Recipe

Moo Shu Pork combines juicy strips of meat, chopped eggs, and tender-crisp veggies. It’s brought together by an Asian sauce featuring hoisin, soy and oyster sauce, ginger, garlic, and other seasonings. It’s fast and full of flavor, perfect for weeknight meals.

In addition, it’s such a fun dish to share. You can serve the dish family-style with sides of flour tortillas, sauce, rice, and noodles. Then, encourage everyone to build their own serving and enjoy it their way!

What is Moo Shu Pork? 

It’s a Chinese dish that became popular in American-Chinese restaurant menus in the 1960s.

Traditionally, this dish has thin slices of pork and eggs all sauteed with vegetables (common options are carrots, mushrooms, and bean sprouts) and seasoned with a fragrant, savory Asian sauce.

What goes into homemade Moo Shu pork

  • Marinade: Combine hoisin with some rice vinegar, regular and toasted sesame oil, onion powder, soy sauce, cayenne, brown sugar, oyster sauce, and minced fresh garlic and ginger. 
  • Meat: We’re using very thinly sliced pork chops.
  • Oil: Peanut is preferred, but feel free to use canola or vegetable.
  • Eggs: Whisk like you would for a scramble.
  • Vegetables: Shiitake mushrooms, fresh cabbage coleslaw, and scallions.

How to cook homemade Moo Shu pork from scratch

  1. Marinade. Submerge the meat slices in half of the marinade for 5 mins. Reserve the other half for the stir-fry.
  2. Fry. Cook the eggs in hot oil until you have a large, flat omelet. Then, slice it into strips.
  3. Stir-fry. Sauté the marinated meat until browned, then set aside. After this, sauté the vegetables and season with the reserved marinade. Add your browned meat plus the chopped eggs, and mix everything well.
  4. Serve. Enjoy with a side of hoisin and warm tortillas.

Recipe variations:

  • Other cuts of pork: Quick-cooking cuts like tenderloin and pork steak will work instead of chops, too.
  • Beef: For the meat, use thin strips of flank or skirt steak.
  • Chicken: Breast or thigh fillets sliced very thinly are a lighter alternative to pork.
  • Seafood: Try making this with fresh shrimp!
  • Vegetarian: Use crispy tofu or tempeh instead of the meat.
  • Spicy: Slice up some red peppers, add a tablespoon of red chili flakes, or double the cayenne.
  • Include other vegetables: Add carrots, use other types of mushrooms like cremini or Baby Bella, broccoli or cauliflower florets, baby corn, snow peas, red cabbage for color, string beans, white onions, and other veggies.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does homemade Moo Shu pork taste like?

It tastes like fragrant, savory Asian BBQ with a touch of sesame oil plus fresh ginger and garlic. There’s a subtle kick thanks to the cayenne and fresh-ground black pepper. In short, it tastes amazing!

What is the meaning of Moo Shu in English?

It comes from the Mandarin terms “mu” which means “tree wood” and “xu,” which means “whiskers.” This refers to the traditional wood ear mushrooms plus the slivers of pork (that looks like think whiskers) in original versions of the dish.

How is Moo Shu different from Moo Shi?

“Moo shi” is simply another spelling of the dish. Other terms are “mu xu,” mu shu,” and “mu xu rou.”

How to eat homemade Moo Shu pork?

In the US, this dish is typically enjoyed with a small serving of hoisin sauce on the side plus Mandarin pancakes which are thin, steamed wrappers very similar to flour tortillas. You spoon the meat in there and fold it like a taco, dip it into the hoisin, and take a bite!

How to serve: 

Enjoy it fast-food style with a small bowl of hoisin and warm Mandarin pancakes or small flour tortillas. 

In addition, it’s also fantastic on top of rice (fried, brown, or white) and noodles! For a low-carb version, serve with some cauliflower rice or inside lettuce cups.

Craving for a full Chinese take-out feast? Serve it alongside other dishes like Chicken Egg Rolls, Hunan Beef, Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken, and Crispy Baked Tofu.

 

How to store leftovers:

Transfer the cooled leftovers to an air-tight container, and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Microwave until hot when ready to eat.

How to freeze:

Sure! After cooling the dish down, scoop into a Ziploc bag then push all the air out before sealing. Freeze for up to 3 months.

When ready to serve, defrost overnight inside the lower section of the fridge. You can also thaw it faster by placing it in a big bowl of water at room temp.

Once it’s defrosted, you can microwave it until hot. You can also warm it slowly in a skillet until heated through.

Recipe tips:

  • Trim the fat off the chops if you prefer leaner protein.
  • Use low-sodium sauces to lower the salt content of the dish.
  • You can use other sweeteners like honey, Stevia, and white sugar in place of the brown.
  • We use pre-shredded cabbage for convenience, but you can chop your own if you wish.
  • Try combining red and white cabbages for color.

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5 from 6 reviews

Moo Shu Pork

Moo Shu Pork features eggs, fresh vegetables, and tender pork in a flavor-packed Asian sauce, served in tortillas or lettuce cups.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 0
Prep time: 45 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 1 hr

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Saturated Fat: 21 Trans Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 635 Potassium: 4029 Fiber: 26 Vitamin A: 1501 Vitamin C: 166 Calcium: 438 Iron: 12 Calories: 642 Carbohydrates: 46 Protein: 42 Fat: 30 Sodium: 3180 Sugar: 32
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Ben

Aww yeah. I need to get these in my belly! They look amazing.

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Tara Pittman

My husband would love this dish. He has pork slices so he can make this.

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Nikki Wayne

I'm craving so much for this. It looks so satisfying!!

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Kathy

This recipe looks amazing. I will definitely have to try it out. I haven't had pork in a while either.

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Gervin Khan

This dish looks really good and tasty. I will save this recipe and will make this for everyone. Thank you!

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Kelli A

Yummy! Lots of veggies and many flavors incorporated sounds like a great dinner option!

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Lori Bosworth

I have had Moo Shu Pork in a restaurant, but have never made it at home. This looks delicious! I'll have to try it!

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dixya @food, pleasure, and health

this sounds like a delicious meal option. I'd love to it with real wrap sometime soon.

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Beth

This looks like a delicious meal! My husband loves Moo Shu Pork

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Lynndee

I don't think I've ever had this before. I'd like to give it a try. It looks so good!

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Heather

This moo shu pork looks delicious! Can't wait to make it for my family.

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Anosa Malanga

I didn't know this is the name of this. I think I have already tasted this already for some time and I and not sure if I can make this on my own. But I will take note of this recipe so when I am ready to try it out. I already have it.

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IceCreamnStickyFingers

Yummy. This recipe sounds delicious. I have had moo shu before but it’s been a very long time. I’ll have to give it a try.

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