Healthy living is both an important and overrated philosophy. This is especially true during summer, when it seems like huge swathes of the population have decide to take up yoga or try out new workout regimes. The obsession with eating healthy has led to individuals pursuing morbid/moral lives as vegetarians or even vegans. It’s trendy, but it’s a dire existence to be sure.
Well, enough is enough. It’s time bring back the non-fitness friendly, fat-riddled dishes that we all love. Trade in your organic ingredients for hearty portions oil and seasoning, bland flavoring for palate overload, and transform your six-pack into a dad bod—if that’s still a thing.
Let’s get started.
RED BRAISED PORK 红烧肉
One of the most classic dishes in Chinese cuisine, you’ve probably tried it once or twice but have then been turned off by the proportion of fat to meat on each piece.
Don’t be. It’s the fat that makes the dish so juicy and delightful, and it also contributes to the golden syrup that coats the meat.
PORK BELLY WITH SALTED VEGETABLES 梅菜扣肉
This dish has a plentiful supply of vegetables, so health-nuts should also embrace it. The main attraction, though, is still the meat. The fat melts in your mouth, while the lean meat is tender with a slight touch of flakiness.
DONGPO PORK 东坡肉
That skin…just look at it. The way it glistens in the light. The springiness of its texture when your chopsticks make contact is impossible to resist. Hidden underneath are mounds of fat with just enough lean meat included to give your taste buds the shock they need.
The best part: vegetables—if any—are just for decoration and there is no obligation to consume them.
TWICE COOKED PORK 回锅肉
Named as such because of its two-step cooking process, this dish is one for those looking to add a bit of spice into their lives. The accompanying vegetables can be cabbage or peppers, but there should always be a generous dose of chili.
The kick plus the thin slices of meat provide the perfect antidote to that salad you had for lunch.
BRAISED PORK WITH VERMICELLI 猪肉炖粉条
Thick cuts of meat and fat, thick strands of vermicelli, and flavorful sauce—just the thing for a carnivore with good taste. Despite the wide berth occupied by the components of this dish, you’ll never find yourself completely full, no matter how much you eat. If this happens, just order more.
There is, however, one more thing needed in order to complete these dishes: rice. Because what’s meat without carbs. Feel free to sneer in the jogging, yoga-pant wearing, gluten-less faces of your healthy mates.
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