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!
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.
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.
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.
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.