Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 149 – Five Spice Pork Skin

 Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are skinning up.

Pork rind, scratchings, cracklings or whatever you call them are popular anywhere there are pigs, which is pretty much everywhere. They have even recently been lauded as some kind of health food.

Five Spice Pig Skin

Five Spice Pig Skin

Of course China has more pigs than anyone else, indeed more than the rest of the world put together despite slaughtering millions everyday, so it’s probably not surprising that they have their own version of this delicacy.

The first time in China that I came across what I call pork scratchings was in Hunan almost twenty years ago. A friend was watching me render lard from pork skin and fat and when the porcine lumps had given up all their juice she immediately pounced on the remnants and, to my surprise, started eating them. Looking back, I’m not sure why I was surprised. That is exactly what pork scratchings are.

Most Chinese people make their own when rendering pig fat, but they are also available in supermarkets and markets.

Those pictured are labelled “五香豬皮 / 油渣” or “Five Spice Pig Skin / Fat Dregs” and cost around ¥16/kilo (those pictured cost ¥3.10). That Cantonese influence on much of the local cuisine comes through with the 5-spice. I would prefer the alternative Hunan influence and cover them in chilli! Or use this recipe.

Beer food!

Scratch my back!

Scratch my back!

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One Response to “Friday Food 149 – Five Spice Pork Skin”

  1. David Says:

    I’ve never been a fan of pork scratchings . They play havoc with the gums and the shrapnel is worth an orthodontist’s pension . However I could definitely be tempted by the LL Hunan brand !



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