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We've been told over and over again that fat is bad for us. It's unhealthy, contributes to high cholesterol and all sorts of ailments and medical conditions. To some degree I agree but my view is that everything is ok in MODERATION. The exception is if there is family history of medical problems or weight gain or high blood pressure, then animal fat should be avoided.
In the Asian family, pork was preferred more than beef since there was an abundance of pigs than cows. But as you know pork can be very fatty, just like beef
Bacon for example is the pig's stomach. When you buy bacon, you'll see a layer of fat and a layer of pork. Of course its treated with nitrates and sodium to make it taste good.
We love roast pork belly braised with a thick soy sauce or with a crispy skin and dipped in a hoisin sauce. You'll see a layer of fat and a layer of pork. It's delicious and scrumptious. If you have the opportunity to have a Hawaiian Luau, you'll get a 25-30 lb roast suckling pig and the skin is just delicious. You'll see me cut it up and served with hoisin sauce, or place it in a Hawaiian bun for a pork slider. Add little sliced scallion and you have a Peking Pork Slider. It's simply delicious. The fat makes the pork more tender and savory. If you love pork chops, it must be cooked well done but its so chewy and dry unless you choose the center cut which is a little tender but having some of the fatty edge adds more flavor. You can have a bowl of rice with a couple of pieces of suckling pig and just add a dash of ketchup and hot sauce. Yummy. The crispness of the skin is crunchy, tasty and heavenly.