Yen Can Cook: Stir Fried Chinese Leek with Waxed Meat
Waxed meat 腊肉 – During winter in China, families will start the process of curing, salting and smoking meat for the year ahead. Fish, various types and cuts of meat and poultry are cured to waxy sheen using this process. The best time to buy wax meats or waxed sausage is during Chinese Chinese New Year as winter is dry and perfect condition to cure it.
Leeks – one of the auspicious food to eat during Chinese New Year because its pronunciation in both Mandarin and Cantonese sounds like calculating (“算”). Due to the similar sounds, it is believed that eating leeks is an auspicious symbol of wealth (lots of money to count) in the coming year.
Leeks have a mild, onion-like taste and I believe not many people like this vegetable. But when stir fried with waxed meat, the salty savoury flavor of the waxed meat will slightly offset the vegetable’s distinctive taste. Like all vegetable stir fries, this recipe is very quick and easy to prepare. From start to finish, this dish can be served in less than 20 minutes. (b^_^)b
Ingredients (serve: 3-4)