Posted by: yannaungoak | May 28, 2009

Pork Stew with Spinach

So, I’ve been in Gerry, NY all this week. It’s a little town with population of around 2000 people, pretty much in the middle of nowhere in western New York State. I’m here hanging out with my ex-girlfriend Ashley’s family. It’s a load of fun because they’re such a wonderful example of an all-American small town family, and they love to poke fun at each other all day. There’s never a dull moment. I remember the first time I visited Ashley, her sister and her mom started wrestling each other in the kitchen the first night I was at their house, all in good fun of course.

Anyways, I thought I’ll be a nice guest and thank them for letting me bunk out here for a week by making them some burmese food. I made two dishes today. The first is pork stew with spinach. I got the recipe from mogaungthu’s blog but made some modifications so I can use stuff that’s available in American supermarkets. For example, it’s actually supposed to be made with pig’s leg and gazun ywet (apparently the English name is water spinach), but regular pork and regular spinach seems to do just fine.

Here’s the finished product…


  1. Pork, preferably with fat and bones to add more taste (2-3 lbs)
  2. Spinach (1 cup)
  3. Ginger (1/2 inch)
  4. Soy Sauce (4 tbsp)
  5. Teriyaki Sauce (4 tbsp)
  6. Sugar (2 tbsp)
  7. Salt (to taste)
  8. Onions (2 medium)
  9. Garlic (2-3 cloves)
  10. Oil (2 tbsp, less if you like to be skinny)


  1. Cut the pork up into ~3 inch chunks, dip them in soy sauce and let them sit for about 5-10 minutes
  2. Saute the onions and garlic (both finely chopped) in a pot until the onions are soft and turn brownish
  3. Put the pork in the pot and saute it together with the onions and garlic
  4. Add ginger, any remaining soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, salt, and sugar; mix it all up really well
  5. Add 1.5 to 2 cups of water and let it simmer on low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours (the longer the better), let about two thirds of the water boil away
  6. When the pork is nice and tender, add the spinach in, simmer for about 3 more minutes, and you’re done.

The stew is pretty sweet and goes really well with rice (which goes without saying for any Burmese dish). I definitely think it’s the better of the two dishes I made tonight (the other one is dhal with chicken).



  1. […] second dish for the night was dhal with chicken (the first was the pork stew). I got the recipe from an Indian recipe site, but it’s very similar to Burmese style dhal. […]

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