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Healthy Chinese Pork Recipes



healthy Chinese porkPork is a popular and one of the most consumed meat in China. This is also why the Chinese have perfected the art of cooking with pork with a variety of famous pork recipes. In the Chinese food culture, pork dishes are usually served together with other vegetable dishes, steamed rice, and sometimes soup for a complete meal.

Healthy Chinese Pork Recipes Collection

In our healthy Chinese pork recipes collection here, we will share a few famous, easy to prepare, and good for health Chinese pork recipes:

  1. Easy and Healthy Chinese Pork Chop Recipe
  2. Easy and Healthy Chinese Pork Roll Recipe
  3. Easy and Healthy Chinese Pork Belly Recipe
  4. Easy and Healthy Chinese Red-Cooked Pork Recipe

Easy Healthy Recipe #1: Chinese Pork Chop

This healthy Chinese pork chop recipe is so simple. Pork chops are marinated with just basic ingredients and then grilled to perfection. We have replaced the use of brown sugar in the original pork chop recipe with honey for more health benefits. The result is so juicy and full of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce – 1/4 cup
  • Honey – 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
  • Ground ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic cloves – 3, minced
  • Boneless pork chops – 4

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, vegetable oil, ginger, and garlic. Mix well to form the marinade.
  2. Place the pork chops into a large resealable plastic bag or shallow glass container. Pour in most marinade and reserve small portion of the marinade for later cooking. Turn pork chops to coat. Seal or cover and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat the grill.
  4. Drain and discard marinades. Grill pork chops over medium-high heat for 8 – 10 minutes per side, marinating often with the reserved marinade when juices run out. Turn once.

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Easy Healthy Recipe #2: Chinese Pork Roll

Chinese pork roll features minced pork as the main ingredient, which is then wrapped and cooked. In this recipe, we will make a healthy, and low fat version of Chinese pork roll that uses bok choy (Chinese cabbage) to wrap the minced pork, and use steaming to cook the roll.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless pork – 9 oz (preferably lean and with little fat), minced
  • Chopped scallions – 1 tsp
  • Bok choy (Chinese cabbage) – 9 oz, trimmed and discard the tough outer leaves
  • Fresh ginger, chopped – 1/2 tsp
  • Egg whites – 2
  • Flour – 2 tsp
  • Cornstarch – 4 tsp
  • Water – 4 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Meat or bone stock – 1 cup

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, dissolve cornstarch in water. Add in minced pork, scallions, ginger, and some salt and pepper. Stir to mix them well. Set aside.
  2. Wash bok choy. Briefly blanch the bok choy in boiling water and remove immediately. Drain and let cool.
  3. In another bowl, mix together egg whites and flour to form a batter.
  4. Lightly brush the inner side of each bok choy pieces with batter. Then add portion of the minced pork mixture as filling, and roll the leaves into cylinders of about 1 inch in diameter. Seal the openings of the rolls with egg batter.
  5. Transfer the pork rolls to heat-proof dish. Steam the rolls over high heat for about 15 minutes until meat firm up. Cut the rolls into 1 inch sections and continue steaming until the meat is all cooked.
  6. In another saucepan, heat the stock over medium-high heat to boil. Season with salt.
  7. Transfer pork rolls onto plate and pour the stock over. Serve.

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Easy Healthy Recipe #3: Chinese Pork Belly

This Chinese pork recipe requires a slow cooking method to cook the pork belly. The meat is so tender with a rich and flavorful taste.

Ingredients:

  • Pork belly – 1 3/4 lb, trimmed and cut into 12 pieces
  • Shredded fresh root ginger – 1 tbsp
  • Garlic cloves – 2, sliced
  • Beef stock – 1 3/4 cup
  • Reduced sodium soy sauce – 5 tbsp
  • Back peppercorns - 10
  • Star anise – 3
  • Hot chili powder – 1 tbsp
  • Muscovado sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon sticks – 3
  • Cloves – 3
  • Orange – 1, grated and juice

Directions:

  1. In a wok, place the pork belly pieces and pour over water to just enough cover the pork.
  2. Heat the pork and water over medium-high heat and bring to boil.
  3. When the mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the pork from water. Add in ginger, garlic, stock, soy sauce, peppercorns, star anise, chili powder, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and orange juice. Increase heat to high and bring the mixture to boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low and place pork belly back into the mixture. Make sure the liquid is enough to cover the pork. Add water if needed.
  6. Cover and allow simmer for about 2 hours. Stir occasionally to avoid pork belly stick to the base of the wok.
  7. When done, skim and discard fat from liquid. Serve together with steamed vegetables and rice.

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Easy Healthy Recipe #4: Chinese Red-Cooked Pork

Red-cooked pork is well-known for its reddish-brown color given by the soy sauce and red wine used when preparing the meal.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless pork loin roast – 2 lb, remove fat, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Dry red wine – 1/2 cup, divided
  • Muscovado sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Minced fresh ginger – 2 tbsp
  • Chopped onion – 1 cup
  • Garlic cloves – 4, minced
  • Low-sodium soy sauce – 1/2 cup
  • Whole scallions – 7, coarsely chopped
  • Star anise – 6
  • Water – 1 cup

Directions:

  1. In a Dutch oven, combine 1/4 cup of wine and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat for the sugar to melt.
  2. Add in pork, ginger, onion, and garlic. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes until pork browned.
  3. Add in soy sauce, scallions, star anise, and the remaining wine. Stir and bring mixture to boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low. Stir in water, cover, and let simmer for 1.5 hours.
  5. When done, skim and discard fat from liquid. You may sprinkle some chopped fresh scallions on top and serve together with steamed vegetables and rice.

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