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Oct 17, 2009 05:53 PM

Chairman Mao's favorite dish Braised Pork Belly served with Steamed Bread

Recently at a Bay Area chowdown we were served this dish and I want to reserve engineer it.

On the menu it said that it was cooked with a red bean base sauce. I have check my kitchen on what I would use to copy the light sweet sauce. It is cooked very much like the Braised Pork Shank style (Shanghai) but it lighter in color and as well as not as sweet. This is a Hunan dish.

I can copy the texture but it is the sauce that worries me. I know of no red bean cooking sauce. I have a couple of soy bean sauce which I think will give me that flavor I want.

So my question to this board is there a red bean sauce bottle or a sauce made from red beans.

Chairman Mao called it brain food, but I tasted like comfort food to me.


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  1. have a look at this recipe--

    This recipe (supposedly Mao's favorite according to his nephew) makes no mention of it, but if you need to use bean sauce for your version you are probably looking for simple Ground Bean Sauce (I use Koon Chun's version) is the base for many such dishes.

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    1. re: The Professor

      This recipe is close to the ones I have already gotten from a couple of friends. Neither had the red beans discussed in the menu.

      I will have to tried it soon.

    2. My dad used to make a pork belly dish using fermented red bean curd (nom yee?) as one of the ingreds. If this sounds right, I can ask my mother about the recipe. However, the dish would most likely be cantonese.

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      1. re: Sarah

        It not Nom Yee that one I know. I have the Cantonese and Shanghai one already


      2. Is the recipe enough to serve a gang of four? ;-)

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        1. re: Antilope

          Not if is the only dish. As a part of meal with at least one other dish, yes. This dish can be served on a bed of vegetables and sandwiched between steamed bread or over rice sure serve four.

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          1. i searched online in Chinese and this recipe keeps coming up
            Here's the google translator version

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            1. re: vliang

              Thank you very much for your efforts to help us make this dish. Unfortunately, the translation is not so good always. What is: "Ingredients: 500 grams holly"?

              1. re: Joebob

                It's bascially the bed of greens you saute to put the meat on for presentation. I think even some baby bok choy will do.

                1. re: vliang

                  Thank you for the clarification. I never would have guessed that is what "holly" meant.