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)
307 Calories
15g Fat
8g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 307
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 1013mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 33g
Calcium 35mg 3%
*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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