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Baked in a Mountain of Salt

fladd | Aug 19, 2002 07:58 AM

Just watched the IronChef 2000th dish special last night on FoodTV and was really intrigued by the Chinese team's main dish. They incorporated pork, soft-shell turtle and bananas in a dish, wrapped it in banana leaves and covered the whole thing with a mountain of salt and eggwhites six or eight inches think before baking it.

I'd heard of the salt-encrusting technique before, but never actually seen it. Wow!

1) Why do they do it?

2) Is it incredibly hard to do?

3) Does this only work for meat-based dishes that need a long time to get tender and meld or would it work for something vegetarian?

Link: http://foodtv.com/foodtv/show/0,6525,...

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