Dongpo Pork

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Dongpo Pork is named after a well known Chinese writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, pharmacologist, and statesman of the Song Dynasty – Su Dongpo.

“It is said that once during his free time, Su Dongpo decided to make stewed pork out of boredom. Then an old friend visited him in the middle of the cooking and challenged him to a game of Chinese chess. Su had totally forgotten of the stew during the game until a very fragrant smell came out from his kitchen and he was reminded of it. Thus Dongpo’s Pork (東坡肉), a famous dish in Chinese cuisine, was created by accident.” – from wikipedia.org

This was the first time I made this famous dish, step by step, it took me total 2 hours to complete. The spoon tender meat was velvety but oily, and the flavor was incredible. The best braised pork we ever had.