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Salted Pork with Rice and Bok Choy 咸肉菜饭

by Shirley
salted pork with rice and bok choy one-pot meal

Salted pork with rice and bok choy is a well-liked traditional home cooking one-pot meal in China. It is native to my hometown, which lies in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta area. Now that I regularly make this tasty salted pork at home, this salted pork with rice and bok choy becomes one of my go-to easy family meals.

It is super easy to make this at home, takes very little effort, and requires no other seasonings & spices other than the salted pork itself. The salted pork provides the salt, the seasoning, the oil, and the flavor, all-in-one.

salted pork with bok choy

No doubt homemade salted pork is the best. See here on how to make salted pork easily at home. Making homemade salted pork takes minimal effort, mainly just let the time do its magic. It requires at least 2 months to air dry and cure the salted meat.

What do you need to make Salted Pork with Rice and Bok Choy at home?

salted pork with rice and bok choy ingredients

Extremely simple ingredients:

Homemade Salted Pork – Read here on how to make a healthy & tasty salted pork at home easily.

Rice – I usually use jasmine rice. However, other types of white rice work too.

Bok Choy – If Bok Choy is not available, kale would be a wonderful substitute.

Green onion – optional, but eye-catching and adds additional refreshing taste.

As for the pot to cook this one-pot meal, a casserole pot with a lid, a bean pot, a Tri-ply stainless steel stockpot, a cast-iron stockpot shall all work great.

Salted Pork with Rice & Bok Choy Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does it take to cook this one-pot meal?

About 20 minutes, approximately 7 minutes to bring the salted pork & rice to a boil, and then fold in the fresh bok choy and let them simmer for 7 minutes. Lastly turn off the heat, keeping the lid on and let the pot continue to simmer for 6 minutes.

What if my homemade salted pork becomes too dry to cut easily?

You can add it to a saucepan, submerged in the water and cook for 10 minutes on medium-high. This should soften the salted pork. Make sure you wash and rinse the pork first. Save the water used to cook the salted pork to make this rice dish for additional flavor.

Do I need to cook the bok choy first in any method?

It is completely optional whether you want to stir-fry or briefly blanch the bok choy first before adding it into the pot. I usually bring the meat and rice to a boil, and then fold the chopped fresh bok choy into salted pork and rice and let it simmer. It works well. The salted pork has ample salt and oil for the bok choy and the entire meal.

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Salted Pork with Rice and Bok Choy

Salt Pork with Rice and Bok Choy Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Additional Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Salted pork with rice and bok choy is a traditional & classical Huai Yang home cooking one-pot meal. The reddish savory salted pork with a firm bite and balanced by the bok choy and rice. A truly healthy and tasty easy dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb homemade salted pork, see notes
  • 2 cups of white jasmine rice
  • 3 1/3 cups of water, see notes
  • a large plateful of bok choy
  • 1 stalk of green onion

Instructions

  1. Wash and rinse the salted pork, cut into about 1/4 inch thick bite-size square or rectangular slices
  2. Wash individual bok choy leaf well, trim the bottom, and cut into about 1.5-inch in length
  3. Wash the green onion and chop into fine pieces
  4. Rinse rice using a strainer, add rinsed rice into a casserole pot, add 3 1/3 cups of water, add salted pork slices, add half of the green onion, stir and mix well
  5. Turn the heat to medium-high, cover the pot with a lid, and bring the pot to a boil, about 7 minutes
  6. Remove the lid, turn the heat to low, use a bamboo narrow spatula to stir and mix well. Fold the chopped bok choy into the rice and pork
  7. Turn the heat to simmer, cover the lid, and simmer for 7 minutes
  8. Turn off the heat, keep the lid on and let it continue to simmer using left-over heat for 6 minutes.
  9. All done! Garnish with the rest of the green onion and enjoy an easy & tasty meal!

Notes

  • See "homemade salted pork" on how to make a healthy and tasty salted pork at home.
  • Different types of white rice may require a slightly different amount of water. I usually use jasmine rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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