Slow Cooker Asian Pork Stew

Take slow cooker pork stew far east with Asian ingredients including water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and hoisin sauce. Ladled over rice, it's a complete meal.


8 servings


2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch wedges
1 (8 ounce) package fresh whole mushrooms, cut in half if large
1 (8 ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained
1 (8 ounce) can bamboo shoots, drained
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger root
4 cups water
2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1/3 cup lightly packed coarsely chopped cilantro


Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, layer pork, carrots, onions, mushrooms, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. In small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of the hoisin sauce, the soy sauce, garlic and ginger root; pour into slow cooker.

Cover; cook on LOW heat setting 7 to 9 hours.

During last hour of cooking, in 3-quart saucepan, heat 4 cups water and the rice to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed.

Gently remove pork and vegetables with slotted spoon to large bowl; cover to keep warm. Skim any fat from liquid in cooker. Pour liquid into 1-quart saucepan. Stir remaining 1/4 cup hoisin sauce into liquid; heat to boiling. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water; stir into liquid. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened; pour over pork mixture and gently stir.

Sprinkle cilantro over stew. Serve over rice.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours

Additional Information

Hoisin sauce is often used in Chinese cuisine. The reddish-brown sauce, flavored with soybeans, garlic, chiles and numerous spices, tastes spicy and sweet.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 510 (Calories from Fat 130), Total Fat 15 g (Saturated Fat 5 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 70 mg; Sodium 810 mg; Total Carbohydrate 63 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 5 g), Protein 30 g; Exchanges: 3 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; Carbohydrate Choices: 4

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