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Nothing is easier than a slow cooker dish. You could make this stove-top by simply simmering it until the sauce is as thick as you like it to be. Not much more to say about this except that it is damned tasty & crazy easy.
Vegan Sticky, Sweet & Spicy Chinese Five Spice Pork for the Slow Cooker
Serves 2 very well when served with rice
2 (10.5 oz) packages Gardein Porkless Bites (or other vegan pork, beef or chicken) – I threw the sauce packets away
1/4 cup Shao Xing rice wine
2 TBS minced ginger (I used the squeezable kind pictured)
2 TBS minced garlic (I used jarred)
1 TBS tomato paste or ketchup
2 TBS sesame oil
2 TBS vegan hoisin sauce
2 TBS vegan oyster or mushroom-flavored sauce
2 TBS sambal oelek (less if you do nott like a lot of spiciness)
2 TBS sweet Thai chili sauce
2 TBS dark soy sauce
1 – 3 tsp Chinese 5-spice (I used 3 but I think that was heavy-handed. Maybe start with one & increase it as it cooks – if you think it needs more)
Cooked rice for 2
Garnish – cilantro and/or sliced hot peppers (I used red jalapenos)
Put everything except the rice & garnish in a slow cooker & leave on high for 4 hours. Mine was still too thin at that point – so I cooked it a bit longer with the lid off. If you are going to leave this on low for 8 hours – maybe add a cup of water – so it doesn’t burn – and then cook off excess moisture at the end by taking the lid off. If it gets too thick – add water.
Serve with rice & garnish as you desire.