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Honey Ham With Asian Pears

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This sweet and savory dish is popular in south-west China. Serves 4 as part of a multicourse meal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds Smithfield ham, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 Asian pears, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 green onions, cut into thirds


Lay the ham slices out in a steamproof dish. Sprinkle with the brown sugar.Steam for 25 minutes, adding more water as needed.

When the ham is nearly finished cooking, combine the soy sauce, water and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm.

Add the pear slices to the steaming dish. Brush the pears and ham slices with some of the sauce. Steam for 5 more minutes. Pour the remainder of the sauce over and garnish with the green onion before serving.
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 4 out of 5
Asian Honey Ham, Member dougandmarie

Hi Rhonda, from old Doug in Nanaimo...I have been doing a derivative of this recipe for quite a long time, with the following change. I use Splenda brown sugar blend, rather than straight brown sugar, and I have lately been using Agave nectar rather than honey as it has a much lower glycemic index and doesn't affect my blood sugar. Other than that, this is a wonderful meal, which I usually pair with Chow Fan and a veggie stir fry in oyster sauce. Or as a color balance, broccoli with ginger, garlic and scallions, stir fried with just soy sauce & peanut oil. The Asian pears have a different flavor from the ones we grow in North America, and either ones can be used with a different taste result. Both great!!

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