Four Happiness Pork

A bowl of braised pork on spoon
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
303 Calories
16g Fat
7g Carbs
32g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 303
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 976mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 517mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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."

 Reprinted with permission from Madame Wong's "Long-Life Chinese Cookbook."


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean pork

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons sherry

  • 6 tablespoons dark soy sauce

  • 2 slices ginger

  • 1 scallion

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Put pork in boiling water. Boil 1 minute. Drain. Rinse in cold water.

  2. Cut pork into 2-inch cubes.

  3. Put pork and 1 cup water in an earthenware or any other heavy pot. Bring water to boil. Add sherry, soy sauce, ginger, and scallion.

  4. Cover pot tightly. Simmer over very low heat 2 hours.

  5. Add sugar. Bring to high heat. Baste until gravy coats the meat.

  6. May be prepared in advance. May be frozen. Reheat before serving.

  7. Enjoy.

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