Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ruan zha li ji

Soft fried tenderloin is a traditional dish of Beijing cuisine. The traditional culinary method of this dish begins with the preparation of the main ingredients that include 200 grams of tenderloin, four eggs, 30 grams of cooking wine, 30 grams of flour, 10 grams of sesame oil, 1 kg of pork fat, and salt. The tenderloin is cut into slices each is approximately 4 cm long and 2 cm thick, and then soaked in the mixture of rice wine and salt. Egg whites are mixed with flour in a container to form a paste, which had to be thick enough to keep a chopstick in a standing position. Pork fat is heated and the soaked meat slices are then fried for five minutes and stirred with chopsticks while frying. When the cooked tenderloin slices are ready for serving, sesame oil is added.

Due to the use of pork fat, the dish is considered unhealthy and the vegetable oil has been used as an alternative, but many have claimed that this results in the dish not being as tasty as when pork fat is used.

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