Scraping the bottom of the pork barrel

Making pork floss

Once you’ve seen how pork floss is made, you’ll probably be much less suspicious of it. It seems quite simple: add a huge pile of boiled and shredded meat into a vat, then slowly dry fry, stirring constantly so that the pork doesn’t stick to the bottom of your vat. No weird additives (apart from that full bottle of soy sauce), no strange technique as you’d expect from a meat dish that is as light and fluffy as fibreglass insulation.

making pork skin

As for fried pork skin, a Northern Thai staple, it is a two stage frying process. Pork skin is cut into fine shreds, warmed (and rendered for lard (?)) in a cooler fryer, followed by a few seconds in a hotter fryer to puff up the pork skin shreds en masse.

making pork skin

If you’re keen to make your own pork floss, Umami has a pork floss recipe.

5 Comments Scraping the bottom of the pork barrel

  1. Xander

    Thanks for the enlightening look into the process- though seeing how it’s made doesn’t really make me any more likely to order a sweet bun topped with it. -X

  2. Phil

    I agree that pork floss is one of the few foods that I think you’d receive no extra gratification from making it yourself rather than just buying it.

    Before living in Cambodia I hated the stuff, but for some reason (possibly, much rice porridge) I came around.


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