4–5as a main dish alongside a hearty serving of rice or buns .
While the Cantonese roast marinated pork in strips, Chinese of the central and northern coastal provinces, that area that is often called “eastern China,” take a large piece of pork, marinate it in a savory rather than a sweet sauce, and then put it in a cozy pot to simmer and steep for hours. The result is a very versatile piece of meat. It may be sliced thickly and eaten hot, alongside rice or a steamed bun, or slivered thinly and enjoyed cold in the company of wine or other cold foods. I