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super-thin sliced pork from Asian Market (looks like pork steak-um) what's it usually for?

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Bought a package of promising looking, extra-extra thin sliced pork from the predominantly Chinese market near me. It was paper thin and marbled and when cooked, looked grayish, like steakum.
was great sauteed with "hollow vegetable" in a soy-ginger-chili sauce.

Any guesses on what its typical use is?

thanks in advance

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  1. It's probably for huoguo (hotpot).

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    1. re: Condimentality

      or grilled at the table. Asian groceries (especially Korean) often sell grills that work with butane hot plates.


    2. As others have said, it's for hotpot or shabu-shabu.

      Aside from pork, you can also find it in beef, lamb, and chicken.

      1. Yeah - for shabu shabu type thiing. The meat cooks in the hot broth. Or, when marinated, you can put on the grill - cooks in a minute

        1. Yes, hot pot is a typical use, but I've also used it in a food processor with bean sprouts, veggies, etc to make the dumpling/wonton fillings.

          Also, if you've got just a bit leftover, you can pan fry it (no oil needed) and then top it with some BBQ sauce for quickie bbq pork.

          1. I buy it for use in Okonomiyaki and yakisoba. Also look for chicken and beef sliced this way, usually sold fozen.

            1. Marinated in whatever you like (soy, chile sauce, lime, garlic, and rice wine for me), then thrown on a hot griddle on the grill.

              Makes a very good party food.

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              1. re: zebcook

                the thinly sliced pork is mainly used by koreans is called sam gyup sal.

                typically, if you have a hot plate or a portable gas grill of any kind, plug it in near or at the dining table. get it really hot, then use one slice of pork to produce its oil, rub it around the entire hot plate so its oily and so the other pork pieces won't burn.

                fill the hot plate up with the slices of pork - each side should cook for several minutes then flip. you'll get the hang of how long it takes - the meat should no longer be pink.

                once the pork is done, you immediately serve and eat it. you should have a sesame oil and msg sauce ready, with the big red lettuce pieces to wrap it in, some gochujang (spicy korean sauce) and you're good to go. i also like some long, thin slices of cucumber to eat on the side with it as well.