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Steamed Mui Choy with Pork Belly

Steamed Mui Choy with Pork Belly

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Steamed Mui Choy with Pork Belly (Mei Cai Kou Rou/梅菜扣肉)is a Hakka delight and although quite tedious to prepare the traditional way, it is not difficult. The tedious part comes from prepping the mustard greens (mui choy/mei cai) to thoroughly get rid of fine sand particles. My method of cleaning the mustard greens (blanching in boiling water and soaking) is taught by the market auntie who sold them to me and it is quick & effective.

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Another process is to deep-fry the pork and then plunging it in an ice water bath before steaming, but it is well worth the extra step because it results in a better texture. Prepare a bigger pot with the intention of leftovers as this dish keeps well.

Steamed Mui Choy with Pork Belly

There are typically two methods of preparing this dish – simmering or steaming. I did both ways for the sake of experimentation and I preferred the traditional method of steaming because the mustard greens retain their shape and flavour better. This dish is really savoury and goes so well with anything – rice, porridge or steamed buns. The result is well worth all the work, I must say.

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32 Responses to “Steamed Mui Choy with Pork Belly”

  1. Anita @ Daily Cooking Quest — September 16, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    My hubby favorite dish. His grandma used to make this all the time, but sadly she has passed away last year. I have been trying to find this recipe for a while now, definitely will give this a try :)


  2. Mark Preston — February 8, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    Please give the Chinese characters for the two different mustard greens.


    • wiffy replied: — February 10th, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

      olive – 橄榄 or olive vegetables 橄榄菜 (the one used in this recipe)


  3. JC — January 17, 2015 @ 12:16 am

    Hi, is the frying and plunging in ice bath steps necessary? Is it possible that I just buy fried pork belly from the market (烧腊店 kind) and use those? Thank you.


    • wiffy replied: — January 19th, 2015 @ 4:12 pm

      Yes, you can totally use ready cooked roast pork belly from the market as a short-cut :)


  4. Kimi Wei — October 6, 2016 @ 9:06 pm

    I love the advice about washing the veggies. Thanks for that! Can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks wonderful :-)



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