Homemade Preserved Pork Belly - 五花臘肉
Homemade Preserved Pork Belly – 五花臘肉

Homemade Preserved Pork Belly – 五花臘肉

When pork is cured by drying, it takes on a lovely sweet-taste reminiscent of golden apples. This quality is capitalized upon in the traditions of Italian Prosciutto, Spanish Jamón Serrano, and a host of other culinary specialties, including Chinese-Style Preserved Pork Belly (五花臘肉). All of these products, as with pickles, or other dried foodstuffs, were developed before the advent of refrigeration in order to preserve harvested food for later use. Nowadays, we continue the traditions because the results are so tasty and satisfying. Making Homemade Preserved Pork Belly takes a little time, but the process isn’t especially difficult, and the results are terrific.


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Whole Dried Squid
Whole Dried Squid

Dried Squid and Octopus are common cookery ingredients in China and all across Asia. The flavor of both of these sea-creatures, as with many other food products, becomes concentrated and intensified by the drying process, and this allows them to act as flavor enhancers in all sorts of dishes.

If you are unfamiliar with these particular foodstuffs, the prospect of even purchasing them can be daunting, but if you would like to take advantage of the umami-boost they can give to your recipes, read on and learn how to prepare and use them in your own kitchen…


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