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Chinese Preserved Pork Belly and Daikon Soup

Preserved Pork and Daikon Soup 1

I am using some of my homemade Chinese Preserved Pork Belly and homemade Brine Pickled Daikon to make a simple soup. You can, if you wish substitute for these main ingredients using a Commercially Produced Preserved Pork Belly and fresh Daikon, but, in the latter case, you may wish to add a little vinegar when cooking the soup so as to add the correct acid balance to the sweetness of the cured meat…

Preserved Pork and Daikon Soup 2

These are the main ingredients for the soup showing the general method of cutting. The greens are daikon greens but these were not pickled, rather they happen to be some blanched and frozen ones I had on hand after putting up the pickles. You can substitute some spinach, or blanched kale. If desired.

The Ingredients

  • ½ cup Preserved Pork Belly cut in short thick matchstick fashion;
  • ½ cup Daikon (pickled or fresh), also cut in matchsticks;
  • ¼ cup of Greens (Daikon preferred, pre-blanched if tough);
  • 3 cups good quality Chicken Stock;
  • 2 slices fresh Ginger;
  • ½ tsp. Sugar;
  • 2 tbsp. Shaoxing Wine;
  • ½ tsp. chopped salted chili (or substitute Sambal Oelek);
  • ½ tsp. Sesame Oil.

The Method

Preserved Pork and Daikon Soup 3

Heat a bare tablespoon of oil in a pot over moderate heat and then sauté the pork and daikon for a minute or two until the pork fat is translucent.

Preserved Pork and Daikon Soup 4

Add the remaining ingredients and then turn the heat to low. Simmer gently for about 45 minutes, remove the ginger slices and serve. That’s it …


10 Comments Post a comment
  1. You always make the most interesting dishes…your soup sounds delicious.

    March 24, 2014
  2. cmgifford #

    I wish that the bowl and spoon were sitting in front of my mouth right now. It makes my tummy growl.

    [BTW, link from top of page to making your own:
    is not working on this page. I was, however, readily able to find the reference on my own.]

    March 25, 2014
  3. cmgifford #

    John, I am in love with that knife! ❤

    March 25, 2014
    • I have three fairly expensive Japanese knives I like very much but the one in the picture is the one I use most often.

      March 25, 2014
  4. John, the home made Chinese preserved pork belly sounds heavenly in this delicious soup:)

    March 25, 2014
    • I especially love it steamed on top of rice but this was very nice too 🙂

      March 26, 2014
  5. Reblogged this on Reputable Sources and commented:
    Happy to discover the blogger Sybaritica makes recipes with homemade Chinese preserves too! Just yesterday, he put up a recipe that uses two preserved ingredients commonly found in Sichuan and Southern China. His preserved pork belly (larou 腊肉) and brine-pickled daikon (suan luobo 酸萝卜) are both homemade. Can’t wait to try his recipe with some of my own homemade larou and suan luobo!

    March 26, 2014

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