Four Happiness Pork

A bowl of braised pork on spoon
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  • 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 307
    Total Fat 15 g
    Saturated Fat 5 g
    Unsaturated Fat 7 g
    Cholesterol 98 mg
    Sodium 1,013 mg
    Carbohydrates 8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Protein 33 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)