Ingredient Name: Pork Shank (Fresh)
Traditional Chinese Name: 豬展(zhū zhǎn)
What is this?
- Pork shank or shin is the lower part of the meat around the lower leg of the pig
- The meat in its raw state is tough and lean
- When cooked, it is soft and can become gelatinous
How do I prepare it?
- Simply wash with cool water
- Blanching is required when used in soups
- Use the entire shank as one piece
Where can I buy this?
- You can buy this in any supermarket
- In Asian supermarkets, you can purchase them by weight and request the size of cut you want
- You can purchase the shank with or without the leg bone
What is the cost?
- Pork shank costs around $30 HKD for 200 grams
- Pork contains many nutrients (including 6 essential vitamins)
- It is a good source of iron, zinc, Vitamin B6 and protein
- It is said to be a healthier red meat substitute over beef
- This cut is lean and relatively fat free
- Pork must be cooked thoroughly before consumption as there is still a potential risk of salmonella
- Consumption of meat must be done in moderation
- Pork shanks can be kept frozen for up to 3 months
- Fresh pork shanks should be consumed within 4 days