Jīng jiàng ròu sī [京酱肉丝] is a popular dish in China’s capital and is in fact named after the city. Literally translated as “Beijing sauce meat threads”, it may be more commonly referred to as “Pork with Beijing sauce” or “Peking pork”.
Essentially, shredded pork is fried and a sweet sauce is added, but as with many Chinese recipes there is a little more to it than that.
Prepare some pork, slicing it into small strips. Most cuts of pork are suitable, though tenderloin is considered better.
Place the pork in a bowl and add a dash of Chinese wine or Sherry a little egg white and some corn flour.
If desired a finely chopped clove of garlic may be used in this recipe, but is not considered essential.
For the sauce you will need some sweet bean sauce [such as yellow bean sauce], tomato ketchup and oyster sauce. The quantity will depend on how much meat one is preparing but suffice to say the ratio is the same, that of a third of each.
For the garnish prepare some spring onion, cutting first into 3 cm lengths and then into thin strips. Place the spring onion into cold water. This will make them curl.
Heat a little sunflower oil with a dash of sesame oil in a wok. When sufficiently hot fry the meat until crispy and then add the garlic if using.
Then add enough sauce to coat the meat and stir well. Reserve any extra sauce for another dish!
Place the meat on a dish, top with spring onion and enjoy with a bowl of steamed rice.
Like many dishes, different recipes suggest slightly different ingredients and quantities. Some will add ginger and soy sauce. Jīng jiàng ròu sī may also call for the addition of dark soy sauce and brown sugar. Some will also call for MSG, though this is not really necessary.
Tomato ketchup is not traditionally used in Chinese cuisine, though the word “ketchup” is said to originate from Fujian province in south east China. However, in recent years this western condiment is now indispensable in the preparation of many Chinese dishes. The Fujian ketchup is said to have been a fish based sauce, and one may see fish sauce being referred to in some recipes.