Where to get Dongpo rou (pork)?
- Tir_na_nOg Jul 12, 2008 03:13 PM
Any suggestions for where to try Dongpo rou (Hangzhou's trademark: fatty pork belly slow cooked in shaoxing wine, sugar, dark soy sauce, ginger and scallions) in the Boston area? It was featured on the latest Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie and sounded intriguing.
have seen actual dongpo rou (stewed pork belly) on the menu at beijing star in waltham
most chinese restaurants offer a variant using a different cut of pork. usually a shoulder, thigh, or shank. sichuan garden, new shanghai, wing's kitchen, wang's fast food, and uncle cheung's to name a few
The dish you describe has a very similar ingredient list to mei cai kou rou (or mui choi kau yuk in Cantonese), which is found at most of the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. The braised pork belly becomes really tender and soft, to the point where it almost melts when you pick it up with chopsticks. It's incredibly delicious when done well. The only exception is that it's braised with mei cai, which are preserved mustard leaves, and is softened with water and cooked. It picks up a lot of the juices of the braise afterwards and is perfect with rice.