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The Hirshon “Ah, Sweet Like Honey!” – 它似蜜

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  • 6 ounces fresh ginger
  • 1/2 pound deboned leg of lamb
  • 1/2 Tablespoon brown bean sauce (hoisin)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Chinkiang black vinegar (preferred) or use Balsamic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed in 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey – TFD prefers chestnut honey, but any will do
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil – TFD uses only Kadoya brand


  1. Wash and peel the ginger root.
  2. Cut it into small pieces then mince it in a food blender with two tablespoons water.
  3. Strain the ginger through a wire screen or fine mesh strainer. It will yield about ¼ cup of juice. (Any extra juice may be kept in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for several days.)
  4. Cut lamb into thin strips about one to two inches long; then mix it with brown bean sauce, sugar, and cornstarch and set it aside.
  5. Mix vinegar, soy sauce, Shaoxing, one tablespoon of the ginger juice (or more to taste), and the cornstarch and water mixture.
  6. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a wok and stir-fry lamb mixture for two minutes. Remove it to a dish and drain removing the excess oil. Set aside.
  7. Add one tablespoon oil to the wok, then add the honey and stir until it bubbles, then add the ginger juice mixture and stir until this thickens.
  8. Next, add the lamb mixture and the sesame oil and cook for a minute or two.
  9. Remove from the heat and serve with hot rice.
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  • Calories: 297.85 kcal
  • Sugar: 8.58 g
  • Sodium: 99.81 mg
  • Fat: 19.57 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.37 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.77 g
  • Fiber: 0.92 g
  • Protein: 11.46 g
  • Cholesterol: 38.56 mg
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