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The Jou Sun HK Pork Chop Megatest Part 2 | 早晨香港豬扒味蕾爭霸戰 (下)

With the introductions of our pork contenders over in part 1, let’s move on to the taste test and importantly our test results! With a passionate cook in the office, the chops were going to be treated well – sous vide in a water bath for 2 hours then pan-seared for the perfect crust. Jou Sun staff were invited along to the test although for maximum transparency, we were put through a blind test and only our cook knew which pork chop we were having. Here’s what we found out!
我們之前為大家介紹「豬選手」; 現在就讓我們正式進入「味蕾爭霸戰」,一探比賽結果!是次比賽,我們特意邀請辦工室廚神為我們調製豬扒,並由各位同事擔任評判,遴選出最優秀的參賽者。廚神首先將豬扒慢煮兩小時,再煎至香脆,務求泡製出最完美的豬扒。公平起見,評判事前並不知道每名「豬選手」的真實身份,以減少其對各選手之偏見。經過嚴密的評審,我們得出以下結果:

 

Chop 1: Generic Wet Market Chinese Pork Chop 選手一:市售內地豬肉

Our first pork chop received generally positive feedback, with testers finding it a pleasantly normal pork chop experience. Its taste and flavor is generically ‘meaty’ without much character or aftertaste, however most testers found it quite chewy and relatively dry.

It is worth noting that there was a lot more juice in the sous vide bag of this particular pork chop. Our cook says it could possibly be liquid plumping solution that’s often injected into market-bought pork chops to make the meat look more plump. This of course raises concerns of the quality and treatment of the pork but also more generally of the lack of transparency surrounding such food.

評判對市售豬肉的評價大致正面,認為此選手與日常所接觸的豬扒無異。入口隨即散發一陣肉味,但特色和餘韻均欠奉。口感方面,評判認為豬扒帶嚼勁,但肉質稍為乾身。

值得關注的是,在慢煮此豬扒後,袋內留有不少的肉汁。廚神認為,豬農可能在豬內以注射器注水,令肉質看起來更豐滿;經烹調後水份容易流失,故產生較多的肉汁。此情況提醒我們對於食物加工之透明度的反思。

 

Chop 2: Wah Kee Farm By Marcos 選手三:華記農場

Jou Sun’s first partner Hong Kong pig farm remains a very popular choice among our customers. Testers found this pork chop to carry meaty flavors, although slightly less tender. We suspect we were also unlucky with the packaging, where the absorbent tray liner did a particularly ‘effective’ job in absorbing natural juices from the pork.

However, we considered Wah Kee Farm’s claim that their pork is ideal for babies and young children, and this is understandable. The relative leanness of the pork is indeed a priority for some parents. While this leads to meat that struggles to lock in its natural juices, this can be overcome by altering cooking and serving methods.

作為早晨的夥伴豬場,華記農場的產品可謂顧客的信心之選。一眾評判認為豬扒味道鮮美,但略嫌煙韌。我們懷疑包裝內的吸水物料過份稱職,抽乾了豬肉的肉汁,故得出如此質感。

除包裝使然,豬肉口感亦可能受脂肪比例影響。華記農場出售的豬肉脂肪比例相對較低,某程度上有助兒童的發展。他們以此作招徠,其產品成為了不少家長的囊中物。豬肉脂肪比例影響肌肉的比例,故影響肉類的鎖水能力,令其於烹調時更容易流失水份。只要在烹調過程中稍作調整,肉質仍然可以保持鮮嫩。

 

Chop 3: Ying Ming Farm 選手四:英明農場

Ying Ming Farm’s pork chop is the only Iberico contender in this test, and with its rapid success since launching on Jou Sun in late April, we had high expectations. Well, judging by the reactions during the taste test, it didn’t seem to disappoint. The texture was buttery and moist without being too oily, while the flavors were more intense and succulent. Owing to the slightly higher fat content and its more even distribution across the chop, it was, unanimously, quite a striking difference to the three previous chops we taste tested.

英明農場之選手為唯一一位黑毛豬選手。自四月底推出以來,黑毛豬一直深受顧客的歡迎,故評判們對此名選手期望很大。觀乎一眾評判的評價,他們的期望似乎没有落空。豬肉油而不膩,味道豐厚香醇;雖然其油份相對較高,但分佈均勻。相比之下,黑毛豬所帶來的味覺官感實在與別不同。

 

Concluding thoughts 結語

The delicious megatest left us with full bellies, but also with an undeniable insight: there really are obvious differences across different pork chops. Personal preferences definitely play into making your final decision, whether it’s the taste, the texture, or fat content. However, there was a clear winner at Jou Sun HQ – Ying Ming Farm’s Iberico pork chop. Its soft, buttery texture and meaty, intense flavors were simply delightful.

There’s also the important question of transparency. Although the generic Mainland pork chop from the market was generally well received during the test and also the least expensive, we do not know how and where the pig was raised and treated. This can pose serious health and safety risks, as well as ethical concerns. Jou Sun is committed to increasing transparency in your grocery experience, and we are proud that the pork and other local produce available on our platform are traceable and direct from source. Click here to browse our quality HK-raised pork, freshly butchered on delivery day.

經過是次比賽,一眾評判不但滿足了裹腹之欲,同時得出了一個結論:每種豬肉均有其獨特之處。所謂「百貨應百客」,個人喜好的確影響每個人對味道和口感的取態。而我們一眾來自《早晨》總部的「評判」則認為,英明農場的黑毛豬比其他選手更勝一籌。其鬆軟的口感及香濃的味道為我們的味蕾帶來一番享受。

味覺享受背後,是次比賽亦帶出一個隱藏危機。誠然,市售內地豬肉的評價不俗,價格亦相對實惠,我們卻對其產地和飼養過程一無所知。這對食物安全、我們的健康、以至道德層面構成極大威脅。《早晨》致力提升閣下購買的產品之透明度;我們售賣的產品均由產地直接入口,並附有有關產地和飼養的資訊。按此瀏覽我們每日新鮮屠宰的本地豬肉,享用有品質保證的食物。

 

Visit the Ying Ming Farm Page on Jou Sun 瀏覽英明農場貨品

Visit the Wah Kee Farm Page on Jou Sun 瀏覽華記農場貨品

 

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