Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the pork and cook, in batches if necessary, until the pork is lightly browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Add the onion to the wok or pan and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, until soft and lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium; add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, until they have exuded their liquid. Transfer to the bowl with the onions and set aside.
Add the celery to the wok or pan, adding the remaining oil as necessary, and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, just until crisp-tender. Transfer to the bowl with the onions and mushrooms.
Over medium heat, return the pork to the wok or pan; add 1 1/2 cups chicken broth and use a spatula to dislodge any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, brown gravy, and salt and pepper to taste. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, until the sauce begins to bubble at the edges. Add the cooked vegetable mixture, stirring to combine; cook for 3 to 4 minute. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup chicken broth, mixing well to combine. Add the cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly until the gravy is thickened.
Mary Giambruno of Victoria, Minn., has been working on re-creating this dish for years, inspired by the chow mein served at the old Nankin Cafe in Minneapolis.
Top round steak or boneless loin pork chops may be substituted for the chicken. Giambruno makes hers with a combination of steak and pork (adding more cooking time for the meats).
Serve with steamed rice. (At Nankin, they would mix in crisp noodles.)
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (347g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 247 (60%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 27.4g||37 %|
|Saturated Fat 7.8g||39 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 12.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 5.1g|
|Cholesterol 76mg||23 %|
|Sodium 591.3mg||20 %|
|Potassium 731mg||19 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||5 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.8g||7 %|
|Sugars, other 15.2g|
|Protein 24g||34 %|
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Calories per serving: 412
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