abcdefg Posted September 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM Report Share Posted September 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM Yunnan ham is a local specialty that you should definitely sample any time you're in the area. The best version of it comes from Xuanwei County 宣威县 in Qujing Prefecture 曲径州 in northeast Yunnan, well off the tourist trail. It's readily available here in Kunming, and I often buy it at the market. In the center of the city nice stores sell large packaged chunks or even entire hams to affluent tourists from other parts of China. That's probably what you saw Lao Zhang smuggling into his berth on the train back to Beijing last year. Whole hams are fairly expensive, and are a popular gift for someone you like a lot or hope to impress. Today I bought a nice thick slice of it from my usual vendor, who kindly gives me flavorful soup bones free of charge when I ask her. My loyalty is therefore unwavering. Sliced off a bit with a very sharp knife and then cut that into slivers. Sliced a small red bell pepper and several sticks of broad celery 四芹。Chinese celery also comes in a slender variety, which is usually chosen for dumpling stuffing 饺子。 Minced a little garlic and ginger. This is such a common combination of spices in Chinese cooking that it is often just written shorthand as 蒜姜。Set it all out, ready to go. The rice cooker signaled me that its task was done, so I fired up the wok. When it got good and hot, tested with a few drops of water, added a small amount of oil 少量食油。Gave the meat a half minute head start, then added the other ingredients. Stir fried over high heat for about two minutes, using a flipping motion of the spatula 翻炒。 Sprinkled it with a pinch of granulated sugar 白砂糖 and gave it a light dusting of white pepper 白胡椒粉。At the end, splashed in a made-ahead slurry of one teaspoon corn starch 小粉, one tablespoon of light soy sauce 生抽, and a tablespoon of cooking wine 料酒。 No salt needed because the ham supplies all that's necessary. Stirred it fast for another half minute, and served it beside a mound of steamed rice. Took only minutes to make and didn't taste half bad. In Kunming restaurants you can get a variety of delicious dishes made with Yunnan ham. And if you find that you can buy some, it's an easy ingredient to use in your kitchen at home. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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