鹹魚蒸肉餅 Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish is one of my childhood favourite comfort homecooked dishes. Sometimes we use salted fish 鹹魚. Sometimes we use preserved vegetables Mei Cai 梅菜. Either way, you make it you will have a delicious Chinese homey dish that is great served with plain white jasmine rice.
In the olden days, dried salted fish is considered food for the poor. One salted fish can be eaten over several meals – sometimes with just shredded ginger and rice. Now, a quality dried salted fish is not cheap.
Types of Salted Fish
- Fermented Salted Fish 霉香鹹魚
- Barramundi 鰽白
- Blue Salmon 馬友鹹魚
How is Salted Fish Made?
Salted fish is generally made by drying or salting either dry salt or with brine. Cantonese salted fish can be divided into two main types mui heung 霉香 or shí-ròu 實肉 (firm-fleshed). Firm fleshed salted fish does not need to be fermented and is prepared by seasoning followed by direct sun or wind drying.
Common Types of Salted Fish
- Fermented Salted Fish 霉香鹹魚
- Barramundi 鰽白
- Blue Salmon 馬友
I like using Blue Salmon 馬友鹹魚. Blue Salmon is great because it only has one big bone. It is aromatic and intensely fragrant. It is perfect to make salted fish with diced chicken rice or steamed minced pork cakes with.
How To Make Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish
You may wonder why I am chopping the pork shoulder meat myself instead of using store-bought minced pork. Store-bought minced pork does not have the same mouth-feel texture that mincing the pork yourself has. There is a small and large difference that gives the diced meat a good soft chewy texture. Store-bought minced pork becomes too soft and mushy.
Plus it is pretty therapeutic chopping the meat. Banging it against the chopping board. Just think of it as your worst enemy!
I usually select a pork shoulder that is half lean, half fatty so it won’t become too dry once it is cooked. If it too fatty it gets too greasy. So it is really a matter of balance and preference!
Once the meat is minced, add in grounded white pepper, a dash of salt. If you are adding salted fish into your minced pork meat instead of just on top, reduce the amount of salt used – otherwise, it will be too salty.
Add light soy sauce, sugar and mix well. On the side mix some corn starch mixed with a little water. Slowly add into the minced pork, a little at a time. The reason is that the corn starch water will make the minced pork cake smoother. Let it rest between additions to allow time to absorb.
Some like to add finely diced ginger also into the minced pork if they were folding in the salted fish. I prefer not to add the minced ginger and only add the salted fish on top when I am steaming my minced pork pie.
If you choose to add in salted fish, gently fold in the salted fish meat so you get a distinctive mouth-feel and pork-fish separation.
Mix in a little oil.
on a 10 inch or 12 inch plate, layer the minced pork thinly on the plate. Place the salted fish and julienned ginger on top.
Put a steaming rack into your wok and boil approximately 2 inches of water. Once the water is boiling, put in your plated minced pork cake and steam for 12 to 15 minutes (depending on how thick or thin your pork pie is.) You may want to check in on it at the 12-minute mark.
Initially, when you open the wok cover, it may look like there is a lot of water/sauce on the plate. But give it a few minutes and it will soak right up into the pork. You will want some sauce to go with your rice.
Slowly using a plate clamp lift up the plate from the work. Add some finely chopped green onions as garnish.
We eat bowls and bowls of rice whenever we have Minced Pork Salted Fish Cake for dinner.Print
鹹魚蒸肉餅 經典廣東手工菜 Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish is a classic Chinese Cantonese dish. It is one of my childhood favourite comfort homecooked dishes. Sometimes we use salted fish 鹹魚. Sometimes we use preserved vegetables Mei Cai 梅菜. Either way, you make it you will have a delicious Chinese homey meal that is great served with plain white jasmine rice.
- Wash the salted fish and cut into small pieces.
- Debone and shred if you intend to mix into your minced pork.
- Wash pork sholder, remove majority of the fat and skin.
- Mince the pork sholder.
- Pro Tip: mince the lean pork seperately. Mince the pork fat seperately. Mix together with your desided lean meat to fat ratio in order to keep the mouth feel optimal.
- Add a dash of white pepper, salt, sugar and dark soy into the minced pork. Mix well.
- Make a liquid starch by adding 2 tbsp of water with 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Mix well.
- Slowing adding little by little into the minced pork and mix well. Repeat until full incorporated. Let rested so the water absorbs.
- Fold in small pieces of salted fish and finely chopped ginger if desired
- Using a 10 or 12 inch plate, spread the pork patty onto the plate.
- Put the salted fish and julienne ginger on top.
- Over boiling water, place plate onto the steam rack and steam for 12 to 15 minutes.
- 鹹魚洗淨, 起骨切碎 (不要切太碎)
- 豬肉洗淨起皮，剁碎肥肉，剁碎瘦肉 手剁肉餅。味道和口感最好
- 加入適量肥肉，少許胡椒粉，鹽 ，老抽，糖，拌勻。
- 開一個生粉水，2湯匙水 加入，1湯匙生粉, 拌勻。
- 分幾次加入剁碎豬肉, 拌勻，加入切碎鹹魚，拌勻。
- 鹹魚放面，放上薑絲，大火蒸12 – 15 分鐘。
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