A dish that quickly made an impression on me was hóngshāo ròu (红烧肉, soy sauce-braised pork belly) — cubed chunks of pork belly braised in soy sauce with fragrant spices. The stratas of fat tender the lean as it stews and fills the home with a spellbinding aroma casting hunger upon anyone near. Fork-tender, it falls apart in the mouth. The savory-sweet combination seduces the taste buds, rendering me addicted to this dish for life. As I write this, I wonder, ‘Is it time for me to stew another pot of this simple dish that waited nearly three decades to find my appetite?’
I love to cook easy, homestyle recipes for family and friends. In this blog, you'll find stories and recipes I've learned from families in China and other parts of the world.