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Name this Chinese dish (braised pork spine)

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I've had this dish in a few Montreal restaurants. It seems to be a Northern Chinese speciality. The dish consists of large chunks braised pork spine which is served hot or tepid with a set of plastic gloves. You just put the gloves on, grab a chunk and have at it. It's a gorgeous dish with lovely sweet, fragrant, tender meat and cartilage that's almost as much fun to eat as it is delicious.

So does anybody know the name of this dish? I've only ordered it as Pork Bone or Pork Bone Salad. I'd love to know the name in Chinese so I can order it without having to point at another table or spend five minutes trying to explain myself to a waiter. And if anyone had a recipe for it, that would be wonderful.

Thanks in advance for any help,

SnackHappy.

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  1. Is this the dish you are looking for: dōng běi jiàng jǐ gǔ

    http://www.kungfueats.com/2007/11/bra...

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    1. re: comestibles

      I don't think that's the same dish, although it does look similar. the one I've had was not fried and it was quite fragrant. The person on this blog describe their dish as being "not much in the way of spices or strange flavors, just meat and grease".

      I guess I'm still looking...

    2. Wow, sounds fascinating.

      1. Probably not what you're thinking of, but I've had something similar at a Chiu Chow restaurant. No gloves, though. Chiu Chow cuisine is know for their wonderful noodles which come with a really complex broth made up of pork necks and all sorts of seafood that boils for hours. At the place I like to go, you can ask them for a bowl of just the broth and some of the pork neck bones they cook it with. I don't think it's even on the menu.

        Here's a blog I found online with a picture similar to what I'm talking about:

        http://eatdrinknbmerry.blogspot.com/2...

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/hecookss...

        BTW, my Taiwanese parents use the term 肉骨 for pork neck. Which is confusing as hell because that's the same term they use for pork ribs and riblets and also the same term for the pork chop in Taiwanese pork chop rice.