Basic Red-Simmered Pork

Title: Basic Red-Simmered Pork
Categories: Meat
Yield: 8 Servings

3 lb Pork
1 -(up to)
2 c Water
4 sl Fresh ginger root
1/2 c Soy sauce
2 tb Sherry
1 ts Salt
2 ts Sugar
Additional ingredients are
-in instructions; if desired

1. Cut pork in 1-1/2inch cubes. Place with water in a heavy saucepan and
bring quickly to a boil.

2. Meanwhile, slice and crush ginger root. Then add to pan along with
soy sauce, sherry and salt. Simmer, covered, 1 hour.

3. Add sugar. Turn meat over and simmer, covered, 30 minutes more.

VARIATIONS: For the white sugar, substitute brown sugar.

In step 2 add any of the following:

2 scallion stalks, cut in 1-inch sections

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 cloves star anise

1 cup onion, sliced

1/4 pound dried Chinese cabbage (soaked); omit the salt

1/4 pound salted haddock or other dried fish (soaked), cut in 1-inch
squares; omit the salt

In step 3, add 1/2 cup lily buds (soaked) and 2 tablespoons cloud ear
mushrooms (soaked).

During the last hour of cooking, add any of the following:

1 bunch carrots, peeled and sliced rolling-cut style

2 Pounds Chinese white turnips, peeled, cut in 1-1/2 inch cubes

6 celery stalks, cut in 1-1/2 inch sections

6 or more eggs, hardboiled and shelled

2 cups fresh squid, cut in 1-inch sections

1/2 pound peastarch noodles, boiled 20 minutes, then drained, and added
with 1-1/2 cups boiling water

During the last 20 minutes, add 2 or 3 bean curd cakes, cut in quarters
or cubed, and/or 2 cups bamboo shoots, cut in large chunks.

During the last 3 minutes, add 1 can abalone, cut in 1/4-inch slices.
Also substitute 1 cup abalone liquid for the water in step 1.

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