Pork sung has become one of my favorite snacks since I discovered its deliciousness. Also known as pork floss or meat wool, it is a sweetened and seasoned dried meat product made from finely shredded pork. Below are some of my reflections and insights about pork sung.
What is Pork Sung?
Pork sung is made by stewing pork in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and spices until it is tender and can be easily shredded into thin strands. The pork is then dried in the sun or in a dehydrator until it is crispy and brittle. The end result is a sweet and savory meat product that can be eaten on its own or used as a topping or filling in other dishes.
History Of Pork Sun
Beef jerky originated in the Mongol Empire, around the 11th century. Genghis Khan and his cavalry ate beef jerky and milk powder as their dry rations during their campaigns in Eurasia. Because it was easy to carry, it was often used as a supply food for long-distance marches. The cavalry would take about half a pound of beef jerky, put it in a skin bag that they carried with them, and add some water.
They would then hang the bag on the horse’s back and the jerky would dissolve into a porridge-like substance through the vibrations produced by the horse’s gallop, which they would eat. This is currently recognized as the earliest record of beef jerky consumption in the world.
Taste and Texture
One of the things I love about pork sung is its unique texture. It has a light and fluffy consistency that melts in your mouth and is a bit like cotton candy. The flavor is sweet and savory, with hints of soy sauce and other spices. It is not overly salty or greasy, making it a healthier snack option than many other processed foods.
Uses for Pork Sung
Pork sung is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many ways. It is commonly used as a topping for rice, noodles, or congee, and can also be added to sandwiches, wraps, or salads for added flavor and texture. In Chinese bakeries, pork sung is often used as a filling for pastries or buns. It can also be mixed with cream cheese or mayonnaise to make a flavorful dip or spread.
Where to Buy Pork Sung
Pork sung can be found in Asian grocery stores or online retailers. It is often sold in small plastic containers or packets and can be stored at room temperature for several months. Some brands offer different flavors, such as spicy or garlic, so you can choose the one that best suits your taste preferences.
Cut the meat into pieces about 5 centimeters square, not too big or too small. Then rinse it for a while, and soak it if possible to remove the blood water and reduce the fishy smell as much as possible.
Then start cooking the meat. Yes, to make pork sung, the first step is to boil the meat until it is tender and thoroughly cooked. This will disintegrate the muscle fibers of the meat chunks into threads, making it easier for the next step.
If you don’t want to wait that long, you can use a pressure cooker to cook for 50 minutes.
You need to continue to stir-fry the meat to dry out the moisture and create a crispy and fragrant texture. Stir-frying pork sung is not a process that can be rushed. It requires patience and the lowest possible heat. In theory, it should be stir-fried for more than an hour to create a uniform and soft texture. If the heat is too high and it is quickly stir-fried until cooked, it will be uneven and hard.
Only by using the lowest heat and slowly stir-frying to dry out the meat, can it become soft and uniform. So be patient and take your time.
Pork sung is a delicious and versatile snack that I highly recommend trying. Its unique texture and sweet and savory flavor make it a satisfying and healthier alternative to other processed snacks. Give it a try and let me know what you think!