Pork with preserved mustard leaf and wine

Pork with preserved mustard leaf and wine

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From
The Real Food of China
Serves
6
Photographer
Leanne Kitchen

This was a dish we ate in unhealthy quantities in Shaoxing, a city famous for its fermented and preserved foods and fragrant rice wine. They have a word there, mei, for an entire course of foods that involves preserved ingredients and tofu, and this is one such dish. Go to Shaoxing and you’ll see preserved mustard leaf (sold in packets as ‘potherb mustard’) in aromatic, brown piles — it smells incredibly sweet and not unlike tobacco.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
180g preserved mustard leaves
115g caster sugar
100ml dark soy sauce
60ml shaoxing rice wine
1.5 kg piece boneless pork belly, skin on

Method

  1. Put the mustard leaves in a bowl, cover with water and soak for 5 minutes, then drain well and gently squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  2. Put the mustard leaves in a large claypot with the sugar, soy sauce, rice wine and 250 ml water. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the pork belly in half widthwise and place, skin side down, on top of the mixture in the pot. Place the claypot over a medium heat and bring the liquid to a simmer, then reduce the heat to very low, using a simmer pad if necessary, cover the pot and cook for 1 hour. Carefully turn the pork over, then cook for another 4 hours, turning the meat every hour. After 4 hours the pork should be very tender and positioned skin side up. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next day, remove the pork from the claypot and, using a sharp knife, cut it into neat 3 cm square pieces. Return the pork pieces to the claypot, cover and gently reheat the mixture over a low heat for 30–40 minutes. Serve immediately.
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