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2 cup baby carrots2 medium white turnips (8 ounces total), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch-wide wedges2 ¼ lb boneless pork shoulder (picnic or Boston-butt), trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks1 bunch scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated14 oz can reduced-sodium chicken broth½ cup water¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce3 Tbsp medium or dry sherry (see Ingredient Note)4 tsp brown sugar2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger1 Tbsp rice vinegar4 tsp Chinese chili garlic sauce4 clove garlic, minced1 star anise pod (see Ingredient Note) or 1 teaspoon aniseed1 cinnamon stick4 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds (see Ingredient Note) for garnish


  1. Place carrots and turnips in the bottom and up the sides of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Top with pork and scallion whites. Bring broth, water, soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, ginger, vinegar, chili-garlic sauce to taste and garlic to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Pour over the pork and vegetables. Nestle star anise pod (or aniseed) and cinnamon stick into the stew. Cover and cook until the pork and vegetables are tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours on high or 5 1/2 to 6 hours on low.
  2. Discard the star anise pod and cinnamon stick. Skim or blot any visible fat from the surface of the stew. Add the cornstarch mixture, cover and cook on high, stirring 2 or 3 times, until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with scallion greens and sesame seeds.

Ingredient Notes: Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don’t use the "cooking sherry" sold in many supermarkets—it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase medium or dry sherry that’s sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.

Star anise (named for its star-shaped pods) lends a distinctive licorice-like flavor to numerous Asian dishes. The pods come from a small evergreen tree that is native to China. Look for star anise in the bulk spice sections of natural-foods stores, in Asian markets or online at

Sesame seeds can be purchased already toasted. If you can’t find them, toast your own in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 6 Total

  • Calories 332
  • Total Fat 17gm
  • Saturated Fat 6gm
  • Sodium 538mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 15gm
  • Fiber 2gm
  • Protein 29gm
  • Cholesterol 91mg

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Main Dish, Dinner, Soup, Lunch, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Healthy, Low Carb, Pork, Vegetable, Chinese, Easy, Slow Cooker, Chinese New Year

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