Monday, January 25, 2010

How to Store and Reheat Your Roast Pork

Hi guys,

Today we're gonna talk a bit about how you can store and reheat your roast pork (siu yuk). 

What do you do when you can't finish your roast pork? Can you purchase in advance, store it and reheat at your convenience? Will the meat still be nice? How about the skin? How long can I store it? These are the common questions we get asked, and hopefully with a few pointers, you'll be able to maximize the enjoyment of your purchase even more. :)

Firstly, freezing and storing the roast pork.

This is very easy. Just wrap the meat in cling film, or put it in a container and store in the freezer. Some customers have stored the meat for a week and it was still delicious when reheated. This means that you can purchase the roast pork in advance, and just enjoy it whenever you want! Great stuff!

Secondly, reheating the frozen meat.

Take the roast pork out of the freezer and defrost or let it thaw until a bit soft again. There are 2 ways to reheat the meat - using an oven, or a frying pan:
  1. If you're using an oven, preheat the oven to 180°C. Turn off the bottom grill and use only the top grill.   Place the roast pork into the center of the oven, and heat through for about 5 - 8 minutes. The skin will get crispy again and the meat will heat up nicely without getting dry. Rest the meat for about 10 mins, cut and serve.
  2. If you're using a frying pan, place the roast pork skin-side down on the pan. Heat through for about 5 minutes, or until the skin is crispy again and the meat feels just warm to the touch. You can put the lid on for a while to help with the reheating process. Rest the meat before serving.

Thirdly, how to use leftovers.
Not sure what to with some bits left? There are plenty of things that you can do with roast pork leftovers! Stir fry with leeks (a Chinese favourite), cabbages, kailan or other greens to make a delicious dish. Re-fry the meats with soy sauce, garlic, sugar and some chilli to make an appetizing snack or dish to complement your meal. Even simpler, just chop it up into small bits and put it in together with your fried rice! With a bit of imagination and experimentation, there are endless possibilities! What's your favourite roast pork leftover dish? :)

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