Shredded Dried Pork (a.k.a. Meat Floss)


UPDATE ON 07-NOV-2009: We now have the recipe for making Pork Floss from scratch. Here is the Recipe for Pork Floss.

UPDATE ON 22-MAY-2006: He he he … guess the name Meat Floss sounds disgusting to some people. So, I have used a better sounding name for the entry … Shredded Dried Pork. Happy? :-)

Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork (also known as Rousong and Yoke Song in Mandarin and Cantonese respectively) is a dried chinese meat item that is commonly used as a topping for many foods. There are many variants of the Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork with the most common one being Pork Floss.

In Vancouver, the Meat Floss product seems pretty dominated by the Soo Singapore Jerky company. You will be able to find these Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork in just about any Asian grocery stores. I believe they make Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork and other Asian jerky products under a few brand names. Their most famous brand is Soo. We have seen the Soo’s brand getting more expensive over the year. It’s now about $10 for a jar of 454g (about 1lb).

We bought a cheaper version. It’s branded as Pork Sung and the label said that it’s made by Soo Singapore Jerky too. The 340g jar below costs only $5.58.

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Wikipedia describes the how Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork are made as follows:

Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork is made by stewing cheap cuts of pork in a sweetened soy sauce mixture until individual muscle fibres can be easily teased apart with a fork. This usually happens when the collagen and elastin that normally hold the fibres have been cooked out of the meat. The teased-apart meat is then strained and dried in the oven. After a light drying, the meat is mashed and beaten while being dry cooked in a large wok until it is completely dry. Additional flavourings are usually added while the mixture is being dry fried. 5 kg of meat will usually produce about 1 kg of rousong.

Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork has a light and fluffy texture quite similar to coarse cotton. It can be eaten just as a snack. It comes in soft or crisp versions. For snacking, I recommend the crisp version. Some are flavoured with sesame seed and seaweed.

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It goes well too with rice porridge. However, I find that the taste of the Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork gets drowned out unless you put in a lot of it.

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I prefer Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork with rice. You should use pretty dry and cold rice. Mix it well into the rice and that’s a quick meal — not very balanced though but still a nice meal nevertheless.

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We also make sandwiches with Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork. The ones below are made using a sandwich maker which helps seals in the Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork in the sandwich.

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Suanne has the instructions below on making the Meat Floss Shredded Dried Pork Sandwich in the link below.


Ingredients

  • slice bread
  • butter or margarine
  • Pork Sung
  • shredded cheese

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Instructions

_MG_5038_edited-1Preheat the sandwich maker for about 5 minutes.Butter 4 slices of bread.
_MG_5039_edited-1Sprinkle shredded cheese on the bread. Top with some Pork Sung. You may substitute the Pork Sung with ham, pepperoni, grilled peppers, etc.
_MG_5041_edited-1Top with another layer of shredded cheese. The cheese acts a gluing agent.

Top the filings with the second slice of bread but this time with the buttered side on top.

_MG_5047_edited-1Press down the cover of the sandwich maker and grill for 3 minutes or until the bread is slightly brown.

Slice the bread into triangles and enjoy.

48 thoughts on “Shredded Dried Pork (a.k.a. Meat Floss)

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  3. This is pretty much standard breakfast fare for me with rice porridge since I’m not fond of mantou or baozi. I’m an expy westerner living in southern China, and with the Muslim population here it’s also possible to find seafood/beef based shredded meat as well. Nothing cures a hangover like rousong and rice :)

  4. Man I love this stuff. All I need is a jar of shredded pork and a spoon and I am satisfied. Although I am disappointed on the price mark ups.

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  12. Shredded Dried Pork or more popularly known as “Meat floss” is one of the greatest ingredient ever made. For those who says its nasty, then you surely haven’t tasted a decent cuisine made from it. For those who have used it on their cooking and says its nasty then you surely dont know how to cook. If you visit the Philippines, try the popular cheese floss from breadtalk and you’ll see what im saying.

  13. the name may repel you, but this stuff is delish!!!!!
    try it! you’ll crave it all the time… yummm… :D
    porridge or rice for me is a great option, sandwich works too. but i really love the pork sung topped bread found in chinese bakeries common in the san gabriel valley (i dont know where else they have it)

  14. Here in Thailand it’s very popular as a stand-alone snack, a toast topping, or as a sandwich ingredient. It’s called Moo Waan (Sweet Pork) in Thai, the English name most commonly used here is Fluffy Pork, sounds a lot more appetising than Meat Floss.

  15. Hi there

    My mum is Chinese, and when I was little we used to eat a lot of Chinese food products I’m now getting into buying, half-remembering I once had them. I just got the pork today, vaguely remembering eating it, but couldn’t remember in what form I’d eaten it, etc. So thanks for the information! I’m going to have the pork on some cold rice right now.

  16. Hi American in Taiwan:
    I saw the link from your site to ours. Thanks. Glad you liked it and I find it funny the way you described it as carpet fibre … indeed it looked just like that!
    Ben

  17. I have heard of pork sung being used in sushi rolls – that sounds sooooo good. I would also like to learn how to make a steamed bun with the pork sung inside…usually this is done with chinese bbq pork but I think the sung would be really good too!

  18. I have actually had this stuff. It was introduced to me by my friend Matt when i spent a weekend over at his place several years ago. It is extremely good. great for snacking.

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  20. We have a fantastic Asian market out here in Rochester NY that sells this stuff by the TUB full.

    I LOVE IT.

    It comes in several flavors and (To me)It’s best on hot rice. Simple. Quick. Tasty! :)

  21. I love this stuff… My dad used to buy them every week, he includes them in the grocery list. We always have congee (arroz caldo) and shredded pork and century eggs on sunday mornings. Yummy!

  22. We have a bakery in Houston that makes sweet bread topped with shredded pork. It is THE best way to eat it, but I’m going to try the egg and rice suggestion. I love this stuff!

    • hi AMY,
      do you mind telling where this bakery in houston is?
      i tried pork floss bun the first time when i went on vacation to the phils, and i LOVED it!
      now im trying to find out where i can get some more here.

      thanks!
      kathryn

  23. this is the 1st time i heard about the term “meat floss.” it’s not yucky at all. i’m a filipina girl who had a chinese step grandfather, i use to have it years ago and it never failed to satisfy my taste buds…i miss it a lot(sob..@_@) i miss you shreded pork!

    it’s really good with congee or i personally like puting it on champorado(soup base sticky or gloutinous rice mixed with cocoa and sugar). champorado and shreded pork…i really miss it.

  24. TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG-

    Would it be possible for you to edit the entry that was posted on July 17, 2006 01:28 PM

    That entry contains my full name, please edit it so that it remains a bit more anonymous thank you!!

  25. Yum… Im eating it right now actually. I was trying to tell my Girlfriend about it. I told her it looks like the hairs on Tarantulas LOL. To me, its more of a snack. I grab a pinch and pop it in my mouth and suck out the flavor (not meant to be sexual).

  26. Since everyone is posting their opinion of this food I’ll venture to post mine as well. Pork-Fu (sung, Rousong) is actually pretty good. If you eat any pork product, enjoy any jerky product (flavored with sugar and soy sauce) then you can easily enjoy this product. It really is as simple as imagining pork jerky – then shredding it. One of my favorite ways to eat this is to take a nice bowl of hot rice, add a dash or three of soysauce, place one or two over easy eggs over the rice and then sprinkle pork fu generously. Mix and eat. Those with developed palates and appreciation for texture will truely enjoy this condiment. Disfruta!

  27. I’ve been enjoying this stuff since I was child.. raised by an asian mother and caucasian father, I’ve managed to enjoy the best of both worlds.
    This a true asian delicacy, everyone should try it.

    If you like beef jerky, you’ll love thsi snack.

  28. Thank god I have found a description for this stuff. I recently saw it on thai food (pineapple fried rice) and it scared me! I described it as “fuzzy caterpillar” stuff to some asian friends. After they stopped laughing, they sent me this link. I still think it’s gross, but I have a scientific explanation thanks to you!

  29. Hi All: This got me thinking about why some food that looks so good to one culture and yet is so repulsive in another. I don’t have an answer. For instance, I love chicken feet but I bet it’s a sure turn off for most of you!
    Ben

  30. I love that stuff so much; it’s really good in steamed buns. I’ve never heard the term “meat floss” though, that makes it sound really bad/scary!

  31. Okay, I’m nowhere near ready to try “meat floss” and I live in Vancouver! It sounds like something non-vegans would use on their teeth! lol. But good luck with that…

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