Ingredient Name: Preserved Chinese ham, Preserved ham, Preserved Chinese pork, Yunnan Ham
Traditional Chinese Name: 雲腿 (yún tuǐ) or 火腿 (huǒ tuǐ)
What is this?
- A salty, preserved meat that is of pork (pig) composition
- Commonly known as Yunnan Ham because of a specialty of Yunnan Province (in China) to produce this type of product
- It is usually the dried & preserved thigh or leg of the pork (which is produced with only the marination of salt on a fresh thigh)
- The ham is flaky, crispy, slightly sweet and quite salty
- It is commonly used in soups, stews, dim sum and other Chinese or Asian dishes
How do I prepare it?
- Rinse in warm water before usage
- Can cut up into smaller more edible pieces for soups (or use as a whole)
Where can I buy this?
- Most supermarkets sell this pre-packaged
What is the cost?
- Relatively affordable
- The ham brings a nice, salty flavor to any soup base
- It is a slim cut of meat (so minimal fat)
- Use in moderation (due to the high amount of sodium)
- Purchase your ham from a reputable source
Any additional information?
- Store in a cool, dry place
- Good for up to 6 months if stored in the refrigerator and less if not (they are usually marked with an expiry date)