Shredded Pork With Sweet Bean Sauce
Style: Beijing Cuisine
Characteristics: this dish is reddish in color, with distinctive Beijing sauce flavor.
A well-known traditional Beijing specialty, this dish, also called Jing Jiang Rou Si, is made with lean pork and sweet bean sauce produced by Liu Bi Ju, one of the famous old soy-sauce shops of Beijing.
Green onion adds a necessary finishing touch to the dish, served raw to both garnish and accompany the cooked pork shreds. The recipe below presents a popular cooking way of the dish.
lean pork, 350-400g
green onion, 100 g
Cut the lean pork into shreds after rinsing with water, and place onto a plate. Clean the green onion and cut into shreds, arranging two thirds of them in a layer on a plate and placing the rest on a separate plate.
sweet bean sauce
Note: the amount of the seasonings listed above can be appropriately measured according to one's personal taste.
Coat the lean pork shreds by placing them in a mixture of salt, pepper powder, cooking wine and soy sauce. Mix the ingredients well and pour into a soup bowl or a small basin. Add a small amount of water, mix again and let stand for 10-15 minutes. Then, crack the egg into the mixture, add some cornstarch and cooking oil and stir well.
Prepare the sweet bean sauce in another bowl by mixing sesame oil and white sugar, and set aside.
Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil and wait until the oil is hot before adding the coated pork shreds. Stir-fry on medium heat for about 2 minutes until the shreds turn yellowish-white. Turn off the heat and remove the shreds from the wok and place into a colander, which should be left to stand in a bowl to remove the excess oil. Leave some cooking oil in the wok and swirl to coat the sides. Turn on the heat, add in the ginger shreds and stir-fry for about 10 seconds until fragrant. Add the fried shreds, sweet bean sauce and tomato ketchup. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until all the shreds are reddish and thoroughly cooked.
Turn off the heat, remove the pork with ginger shreds from the wok, and place them onto the plate with the layer of shredded green onion, and sprinkle the remaining green onion shreds on top.
This dish is ready to be served. It is traditionally served and eaten with dried bean curd sheets, which are used to wrap up the ingredients.
Origin of Shredded Pork with Sweet Bean Sauce
One day, Lao Chen brought tofu and skin to the duck restaurant with his grandson. Having been sustained on a poor diet for a long time, the smell of the roast duck from the kitchen made the boy's mouth water, and he asked Lao Chen to buy one for him. Although roast duck seemed like an unattainable dream for them, Lao Chen was determined to have duck on the Eve of Chinese New Year.
Soon, the Spring Festival came, and Lao Chen still couldn't afford the roast duck. Instead he bought some lean pork and prepared some dumplings, but his grandson still asked innocently for his long-expected duck innocently. Not wanting to disappoint his grandson, Lao Chen shredded the lean pork, and stir-fried it with bean sauce. Having no pancake, he used tofu skin instead to roll up the cooked shreds with some green onion shreds. To his delight, his grandson enjoyed the 'roast duck' very much.
Later, the grandson grew up and served as a chef in the duck restaurant. He could eat roast duck every day, but he always felt the duck was different from what he ate years ago. He then went to ask his grandfather, and was deeply touched when his grandfather told him the truth. Thereafter, the grandson built upon his grandfather's recipe and it became most popular and iconic dish of Beijing.
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