Four Happiness Pork

A bowl of braised pork on spoon
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Ratings (4)
  • Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
307 Calories
15g Fat
8g Carbs
33g Protein
(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.