Saturday, 16 February 2008

扣肉 – kòu ròu – Steamed Pork Belly

kòu ròu is a steamed pork dish that is eaten during the Spring Festival. The pork is first fried, then sliced and steamed. It is a Hakka dish.

The first character 扣, kòu has many meanings including “to turn a cup over”. The meat is marinated in a clay pot which is turned over, and the meat is steamed.

The second character 肉, ròu means meat. If the kind of meat is not specified then it is pork.

kòu is pronounced koh, with a 4th or falling tone.

ròu is pronounced like roe, also with a 4th or falling tone.