Chinese Pork Recipes

Shanghai Style Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe
Shanghai Style Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe. Chris Radley

I would say the most popular meat in the Chinese cuisine must be pork. Chinese people can use every part of a pig to make all kinds of different delicious dishes.


An interesting cooking tip for you:


If you want to purchase some pork mince to make Chinese meatballs or dumpling fillings, please purchase mince that contains at least 30% fat. A lot of time my readers ask me why the dumplings I make have such a hard and dry filling but I explain to everyone it’s because they’re using pork that only contains, 5%, 10% or 20% fat. The meat is not fatty enough and that’s why their dumplings or meatballs taste hard and dry.


If you don’t want to use extra fatty meat you can mix a little bit of tofu into your filling or mixture. It won’t be quite as effective as fatty meat but it will help to soften the filling and improve it’s texture.


Below are some of the most popular pork recipes in Chinese cuisine:


Ants Climbing A Tree 螞蟻上樹

Other names for this authentic Sichuan dish include Ants Climbing A Hill, Ants Climbing A Log and Ants Creeping Up A Tree.


This easy to make, Asian influenced bun recipe lets you take advantage of summer cherry season.


Hoisin sauce adds its own special flavour to this easy recipe for a pork leg that is marinated and baked.


Char Siu Roasted Pork is also called barbecued pork , partly because of it’s reddish brown and slightly charred look around the edges.


Spicy Cherry Pork Stir-fry

Pork pairs beautifully with numerous types of fruit – in this recipe it is combined with pineapple and sweet cherries in a simple stir-fry. This recipe comes from Northwest Cherries.


Simmering the ribs in sauce adds flavor to this Montreal specialty.


The author writes of this Shanghai specialty: “You will not find this dish on restaurant menus because it is too time-consuming. However, it is as common to Chinese families as roast beef is to Western families. It is delicious with steamed buns and any vegetable dish. “


Pork is marinated in rice wine and sautéed in this quick and easy recipe.


A spicy hoisin sauce mixture serves as both marinade and sauce in this easy stir-fry dish. Serve over cooked egg noodles.


Honey and garlic make an interesting flavour combination. This recipe for honey garlic spareribs serves 6-8 people.


Honey Ham with Asian Pears Recipe

This sweet and savoury dish is popular in south-west China.


Lion Heat Meatballs are a famous and classic dish in Chinese cuisine.  We call it “lion head meatball” due to the size and shape of the meatballs and this is a really popular dish in Chinese banquets and celebrations. This dish is also a very popular dish for our Chinese New Year dinner.


Mapo tofu is one of the signature dishes of Sichuan cuisine. It’s classic Sichuan food. The creator of this dish was a lady called Chan Ma Po who hand a pockmark on her face.






This is the famous northern Chinese dish, served with mandarin pancakes and hoisine sauce.



While chop suey as we know it is an American-Chinese creation, and not an authentic Chinese dish, it may have been inspired by the stir-fried vegetables Chinese farmers used to eat after a long day working in the fields. Pork chop suey is primarily a vegetable dish; the meat is added for extra flavour.


Pork With Lychees

Marinated boneless pork is cooked with sweet lychees in this easy stir-fry dish.


Feel free to enhance the appearance of this simple dish with green onion brushes, carrot curls or other vegetable garnishes.


In this red cooked pork recipe created by chef Martin Yan, pork is marinated and then simmered in a soy sauce-based liquid that includes Tsingtao lager and hoisin sauce. Be sure to plan ahead for this recipe, as the pork needs to marinate for at least 4 hours.


Spicy salt and pepper mix lends flavour to deep-fried spareribs. If it is available, feel free to substitute Sichuan peppercorns for the black peppercorns. 



Steamed Meat Cake

This steamed cake goes very nicely with congee or rice. Pickled lettuce, available in cans or jars in Chinese/ Asian markets.


Almost everyone who likes Chinese food loves sweet and sour and this article will introduce you to two different versions of “sweet and sour pork with pineapple”


Shanghai style sweet and sour pork is one of my all time favouite dishes and is a dish my grandfather used to cook for me when I was a child. My grandfather was a great cook and this combined with all of his love made me madly fall in love with this dish.



Sweet and Sour Pork Chops


Pork is first boiled, then stir-fried in this Sichuan dish, Feel free to add a bit of the seasoned pork boiling water to the vegetables during stir-frying.


This dish originates from Sichuan in China, but it has become a very popular dish worldwide. The main ingredient of this dish is pork belly but when people think about “pork belly” they normally think of a dish that is very rich, heavy and greasy to eat. But this dish is served cold with delicious garlic sauce and cucumber so it’s much lighter than you may think and is a very popular summer dish in the East.


Fen Jen Ro is a dish that my whole family absolutely loves. In fact my husband likes it so much whenever I ask him what he wants to eat, over 50% of the time he will say Fen Jen Ro. Not only is Fen Jen Ro absolutely delicious it’s also really easy to prepare however it takes 2-3 hours to steam. But trust me, the flavour of this dish is amazing!


A must try classic Chinese dumplings recipe with step-by-step procedure photos.


Tiger bites pig is a well-known and popular Taiwanese snack food. The other name for this delicious snack is Gao Bao.