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How do you prepare/cook pork blood?

JS Mar 23, 2005 10:43 PM

Ok, this posting requires some very specialized knowledge of Chinese cooking techniques, so I'll keep my hopes down.

I'm trying to cook Wu Jing Chang Wang, a Sichuan dish that has intestines, pork blood, and sometimes fish, all cooked in a spicy soup. The dish is usually brought to the table with a small flame underneath a shallow metal tray and is kept bubbling throughout the meal.

My problem with the dish right now is with the pork blood. In the restaurants, the texture of the pork blood is firm on the outside but when bitten into, tends to separate easily into chunks. The best description I can think of to describe its texture is that it's "flaky."

Problem is, when I boil the pork blood right now, the texture is all wrong. Instead of a firm and flaky texture, the taste is best described as pasty - kind of like undercooked bread or raw dough. I've tried steaming, boiling, soaking with baking soda then boiling, etc.

So my question is: does anyone know how to cook pork blood so that it's texture is like the restaurants? Is there some kind of treating process that needs to happen before I cook it?

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    Wendy Lai RE: JS Mar 24, 2005 10:30 AM

    I have cooked pork blood, but I don't believe it having the weird texture you described. I haven't done this in a while, but here is what I remembered.

    You can't over cook them, but you have to parboil before you put them in the final dish because much scum and other impurities will come off in the first cooking process.

    So boil some water, drop in the cubed pork blood and just parboil until the outside turned color, drain and rinse off. Then just use that for your final soup preparation.

    I'm not sure if this will help, but this is all I can tell you.

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      JS RE: Wendy Lai Mar 24, 2005 02:52 PM

      Well parboiling would remove the scum but I guess I don't see how that would help with the texture. Thanks for your input, though. There's so little literature on cooking pork blood on the web, even in Chinese.

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        Wendy Lai RE: JS Mar 24, 2005 06:26 PM

        Maybe you are overcooking them?

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          JS RE: Wendy Lai Mar 24, 2005 10:59 PM

          Maybe, but I doubt it. I cut up about 10 chunks and experimented with each of them, going so far as to bite into one that was still slightly bloody in the middle. The texture on the outside was the same.

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            Wendy Lai RE: JS Mar 25, 2005 11:09 AM

            I admire your tenacity :)
            I'll try asking my releative back home to see if they know.

            Maybe you got a bad batch?

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              yimster RE: JS Mar 26, 2005 09:01 PM

              I have never had that problem before but I have not made the dish you want. I use the pork blood in congee. But where did you buy you pork blood and how did it look like in the store.

              I too will ask someone who cook the dish in question. I like this dish a lot also but never cooked it at home. Too much work.

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