What is Mei Cai made of?

Mei Cai is a type of pickled Chinese mustard of the Hakka people from, Guangdong, China. The pickle is made from the whole head of Chinese mustard vegetables, which are dried, salted, and steamed. They are then left to ferment in large clay urns for about 15 to 20 days.

What is Mei Cai in English?

‘molded dried vegetable’; or mei cai (Chinese: 梅菜; pinyin: méi cài; Wade–Giles: mei2 ts’ai4) is a type of dry pickled Chinese mustard of the Hakka people from Huizhou, Guangdong province, China.

How is mui choy made?

To get mui choy, the mustard green plant undergoes a process that includes pickling, drying, steaming and heavy salting. The result: an intensely flavored vegetable that can range from a light to dark brown color. It’s sometimes mistaken for salted radish because of its color.

How long to steam pork belly for?

Place the pork in the bamboo steamer over a wok or saucepan half-filled with water and bring to the boil. Steam for 1–1½ hours until the pork is tender. Check occasionally that the water hasn’t completely evaporated. Remove the pork from the steamer, transfer the juices of the pork into a bowl and keep warm.

What is Meicai?

The business, Meicai (meaning “buy vegetables”), aggregates supply and demand, buys in bulk, and distributes field-fresh food so that it reaches diners’ plates within 12 to 18 hours. It frees farmers from the early-morning trek to their local market and gives chefs certainty about their supplies.

What does meigan Cai taste like?

Given the various stages of drying, brining, and fermenting, mei gan cai tastes uniquely savory and complex: salty and wine-y, with an herbaceous and pungent flavor.

How do you make meigan Cai?


  1. Soak the mei gan cai in cold water for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove any stray bristles from the pork skin, and cut the pork belly into 1” thick pieces.
  3. Over low heat, add the oil and sugar to your wok.
  4. Turn the heat down to low while you add the Shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and water.

How long should I steam pork?

Bring the water to a rapid boil in your steamer, and place the pork into the steamer. Cover and steam for 15 minutes.

What meat can be cooked in a steamer?

Although steaming is more often used as a cooking method for fish, chicken, or pork, it is occasionally used as a method to cook beef. It is one of the most healthy cooking methods because no additional fat is necessary to cook the meat.

How does Meicai make money?

The company charges a commission on the total transaction as compensation for its warehouse and delivery services. As Meicai is pivoting toward a “platform + capacity” model, it derives its main revenues from price differences commission fees from third party merchants.

How do you cut a Mei Cai?

Squeeze the mei cai dry and cut into about 1-inch pieces. If you use “wet” mei cai (sweet and/or salty version), Both needs to be washed and then soaked for 1 hour and then cut into 1-inch pieces. The salty mei cai is really salty. If it’s still too salty after soaking, change to a fresh water and soak a bit longer.