If you enjoy Chinese food, you'll likely have your favourite dishes that you stick to ordering whenever you feel like takeaway. Pork is a popular meat in Chinese cuisine, but pork dishes are often overlooked as pork tends to be considered dry meat. However, there are several delicious pork dishes commonly found on the menu of Chinese takeaways, and pork is often prepared by marinating or searing with a variety of spices to ensure the meat stays tender and succulent. So, next time you decide to order Chinese food takeaway, consider taking a break from your old favourite and give one of these pork dishes a try:
Red Braised Pork
Red braised pork is a traditional dish that's both salty and sweet. It consists of diced streaky pork that's boiled with ginger and red wine vinegar before being sautéed with crystal sugar, soy sauce, star anise, cinnamon and orange zest. The dish is then slow-cooked until the sauce is thick and sticky, and it's served with steamed rice and a garnish of sesame seeds.
Char siu is a very popular Chinese dish that has a similar flavour to barbecued pork, but it also has lightly sweet undertones. It's made by brushing pork fillet with a sauce consisting of honey, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and rice wine. Five-spice powder is a blend of Szechuan pepper, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and fennel and is a popular spice blend in Chinese cuisine. The pork fillet is then roasted, sliced and brushed with the sauce again just before serving. Enjoy char siu with rice and lightly cooked greens.
Twice-cooked pork is a popular dish originating from the Szechuan province, which is known for its liberal use of seasonings and fiery hot dishes. Twice-cooked pork is a spicy dish with a mildly sweet aftertaste that will leave you wanting more. Streaky pork is firstly boiled with ginger before being stir-fried with fermented chilli bean paste, garlic, salt and a little sugar. It's an aromatic dish that's often served with a garnish of spring onion and can be enjoyed with rice or noodles and lightly cooked vegetables.
These are just a few examples of the delicious pork dishes that are worth looking out for the next time you peruse the menu of your favourite Chinese takeaway. Alternatively, ask your local takeaway to recommend a pork dish for you to try.