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Four Happiness Pork

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


The author writes of this Shanghai specialty: "You will not find this dish on restaurant menus because it is too time-consuming. However, it is as common to Chinese families as roast beef is to Western families. It is delicious with steamed buns and any vegetable dish." Serves 4 to 6.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean pork
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 6 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 1 scallion
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


Put pork in boiling water. Boil 1 minute. Drain. Rinse in cold water.

Cut pork in 2-inch cubes.

Put pork and 1 cup water in an earthenware or any other heavy pot. Bring water to boil. Add sherry, soy sauce, ginger, and scallion.

Cover pot tightly. Simmer over very low heat 2 hours.

Add sugar. Bring to high heat. Baste until gravy coats the meat.

May be prepared in advance. May be frozen. Reheat before serving.

  Reprinted with permission from Madame Wong's Long-Life Chinese Cookbook.
User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
, Member YDoIhave2

I started out with 6 pounds of pork butt. So, I quadrupled the recipe. I also was not sure of how thin to slice the ginger. I am kind of iffy on ginger. I like it but even in small doses, my kid doesn't like it. So, I did the recipe and it was well received. I couldn't taste the ginger. I don't know if I was supposed to. I am going to have to go back and do it with the 1 and a half lbs of pork and see if there is a huge difference. But it went well with kids and adults. That worked. Thanks.

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