Hunan preserved pork is a popular regional food in China. Here you can see how we prepare and make the preserved pork dish with vegetable.
I have some friends from the West have some concerns about the meat with skin and fat. In China, we usually keep the skin and it is considered as a natural resource for beauty.
Do you know there is a major structural protein called collagen in the skin, which helps to make your skin strong and elastic?
For this Hunan preserved pork dish, we usually use the ingredients like hot red chillies, black beans and salted white radish, which is often used in Hunan local restaurants. (The salted white radish is usually available in your local Chinese food market.)
Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins
In China when cook the preserved meat at home, we need to deal with the hard skin first, because the preserved meat is usually very dry and the skin part is hard to bite.
First we use the fire to burn the skin.
Afterwards, notice the skin surface has changed.
Clean the skin surface and boil the meat until it is cooked and skin is softened. The preserved meat is usually salty. Boiling helps to reduce the saltiness and bring out the rest of flavour.
This is how we prepare the dry meat in China. But if the preserved meat is packed and sold within the vacuumed bag, you can just boil them for 20 mins till the skin is softened.
Once the meat is cooked, we slice the cooked preserved pork and set aside. This can be used directly to make a "cold plate" dish.
Here we can also cook them with other veggies. Heat the frying pan until it is very hot. Add oil and wait till high heat.
Add dry red chillies and black beans to try for 1-2 minutes. Then add slice preserved pork to fry for several minutes.
Add the vegetables (samll radish here) to fry and mix well with ingredients. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Serve immediately.
I also made this dish using red pepper another time, with ginger, red pepper, green chilli and Chinese salted white radish. This is how it looks. Nice? :)
For this preserved pork dish, the lean meat part is less tasty than the fat, and the skin part is always my favourite bit. I am not sure how to describe its texture, chewy? elastic? Well, hope you get the point :)
Hope you like this dish. You may like see more about Hunan preserved pork and other types presvered meat in local food market.
(Post: 28/02/14; update: 16/03/17)