Shanghai-style braised pork

Shanghai-style braised pork

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Cooking time

Ready in 3½-4 hours

Skill level



Serves 6

Share this pork dish with your friends for Chinese New Year

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  • 1 pork blade bone with rind, about 2kg/4½lb, from a good butcher
  • 1 small orange
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 8 bok choi or Chinese leaves and plain boiled rice, to serve

For the braising liquid

  • 600ml /1 pint Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1.2 litres/2 pints homemade chicken stock or good quality store bought
  • 300ml /½ pint dark soy sauce
  • 50ml light soy sauce
  • 175g Chinese rock sugar or granulated sugar
  • 8 slices fresh root ginger
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 whole spring onions
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black peppercorn

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  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the pork. Return to the boil, skim, reduce the heat and simmer gently, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
  2. Using a potato peeler, remove 8 strips of zest from the orange. Put the star anise, cinnamon sticks, cumin seeds, dried chillies and orange zest in a piece of muslin and tie together tightly.
  3. Make the braising liquid by combining all the ingredients in a very large pot and bringing the liquid to a simmer. Add the bag of spices and the blanched pork, and bring back to a simmer, partially covered, skimming all the while.
  4. Cover the pot tightly and continue to simmer gently for 3 hours, until the pork fat and rind are very soft and tender. You can do this up to a day ahead, let the pork cool in the liquid, chill overnight, then reheat gently in the liquid before serving.
  5. Cut the bok choi in halves or quarters depending on their size, or the Chinese leaves into 5cm/2in pieces. When the pork is done, remove it from the liquid. Remove the skin and cut the meat into small pieces. Add the bok choi to the pot and cook over high heat until it is very tender about 3 minutes. Remove the bok choi from the cooking liquid and place on a warm dish. Arrange the pork on top.
  6. Skim off all the fat from the braising liquid and boil it to reduce it by about half. Pour some over the meat to moisten it and serve the rest separately. (You will probably have a lot leftover.) Serve with rice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003

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boistizon's picture
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I did this as part of a Chinese New Year Banquet it was absolutely delicious - easy to do as nearly all the work is done the day before - as with all Ken Hom Recipes easy to follow and delicious to eat

chrisfiggy's picture
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i have made this a few times when ive had people to dinner and they always love it. its quite a lot of work but worth it for the gorgeous flavour!!!