Steamed minced pork is one of those nostalgic homestyle dishes from childhood that can still find a place at today’s family table. Put this dish on the stove, chase the kids around the living room and then sit down for a satisfying meal with ultimate comfort food.
The secret to this steamed minced pork is to complement the flavor and consistency of the ground pork with a second, contrasting ingredient. This version calls for dried scallops, but other ingredients like salted fish, shiitake mushrooms, or even crunchy water chestnuts work just as well. Serve with steamed rice to soak up this dish’s delicious gravy.
Steamed Minced Pork With Dried ScallopsPrint Recipe
- 1/2 pound of ground pork
- 1 teaspoon of minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon of minced green onions
- 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 1 dash of ground white pepper
- 3 or 4 pieces of dried scallops
- 1 teaspoon of Shaoxing rice wine
- Soften the dried scallops for 30 minutes in 1/2 cup of hot water. Shred the scallops once they are softened and reserve the soaking water.
- In a bowl, mix the ground pork with the water used to soften the dried scallops and all other remaining ingredients to form a moist ball. Spread the mixture evenly at the bottom of a glass pie plate or a standard heatproof plate. This patty should be about 1/2-inch thick.
- Assemble your steaming setup and heat the water to an active simmer. Place the heatproof plate in the steamer, cover and steam for 15 minutes. If the meat isn’t fully cooked through, steam for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove the heatproof plate from the steamer, transfer the pork patty to a cool dish and drizzle the sauce from the original heatproof plate on top.
- Serve hot with steamed rice and vegetables.