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This Qing dynasty sculpture was carved from a piece of banded jasper, a naturally occurring stone that forms in layers, the artwork resembles a thick slab of dongpo rou, or braised pork belly. Capitalizing on the jasper’s natural appearance, the unknown Qing-dynasty artist carved the stone until it resembled layers of pork skin, lean meat and fat. Then the skin layer was stained, which, along with the veining of the stone, enhances the illusion.
Traveling outside of Asia for the first time, this artwork is one of the highlights of the exhibition. When on display in Japan in 2014, the stone drew an average of 6,000 people per day. Even noted chef, author and TV foodie Anthony Bourdain called the artwork “the pork of my dreams.”
The "Meat-shaped stone" is exhibited in the Resource Room on the first floor. See map...
Above: Meat-shaped stone. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Jasper with gold stand. National Palace Museum, Taipei, Guza 000178 Lü-413. Photograph © National Palace Museum, Taipei.
加入博物館為期一個月的五花肉美食盛宴：從6月17日到7月17日，有十二位舊金山大廚在他們的餐廳中推出由“肉形石”啟發的招牌五花肉菜品，其中包括來自Mister Jiu's的Brandon Jew、Mission Chinese Food的Danny Bowien、以及The Slanted Door的Michelle Mah，等美食藝術家。
Tasting Menu: The Chairman
The Chairman的創始人之一Kevin Kiwata和大廚Curtis Lam講座。他們將討論廣受歡迎的連鎖餐車和餐廳背後的創新和概念，以及創造他們人氣“BAO”菜單的合作過程。前來學習締造他們成功品牌的創意和商業頭腦，再來品嚐他們的 “BAO”。這是博物館全新的美食系列晚間活動之一。更多活動詳情。
為了紀念“肉形石”在美國的首秀，博物館特別推出PORK向傑作和東坡肉致敬。策展助理Jamie Chu將介紹這道豬肉料理背後富有詩意的歷史背景，以及這件藝術作品背後的靈感來源。令人激動的東坡肉新創意料理將會由當地的四位美食創意家製作，包括The Chairman、 傳統日式料理的店Aedan Fermented創始人Mariko Grady。在他們呈上美味的東坡肉料理之後，觀眾們還可以領取一份“五花肉護照”用來紀錄品嚐每一道菜的感想。現場還會有DJ Umami 表演、付費酒水、以及【皇帝品味】的特殊美食導覽。千萬不要錯過！更多活動詳情。
Cafe Asia dongpo pork
Has the "Meat-shaped stone" left you with a serious craving? We've got you covered. Dongpo rou, the braised pork belly dish rendered so realistically in jasper by an unknown Qing-dynasty artist, is available at Cafe Asia during the Emperors' Treasures exhibition. Chef Melinda Quirino seasons the pork with soy sauce, sugar, ginger and other ingredients for a mouthwatering blend of sweet and savory, then braises it for over two hours to achieve the signature succulent texture. Feast your eyes on the art, then enjoy a literal feast.
June 17 – July 17, 2016
Join us for a monthlong porkfest to welcome the U.S. debut of the famous "Meat-shaped stone." In tribute to this celebrated work of art, 12 San Francisco chefs, including Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu's, Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese, and Michelle Mah of The Slanted Door, have created signature pork belly dishes inspired by the "Meat-shaped stone." These dishes will be featured in their restaurants for four week only, from June 17 through July 17, 2016. Learn more...
Celebrate pork at two upcoming museum events that explore intersections between art and cuisine.
Tasting Menu: The Chairman
Thursday, June 23, 6:30-9 PM
$5 after 5 PM, $10 to access to Emperors' Treasures, FREE for members
Join The Chairman co-owner Kevin Kiwata and chef Curtis Lam as they talk about the idea behind the popular food truck chain and restaurant, and the collaborative process of creating their delicious bao menu. Get a taste of the creativity and business smarts that came together to build the successful brand, then sample a bite of bao. Learn more...
Thursday, July 7, 6-9 PM
$15, includes access to Emperors' Treasures, $5 (for members)
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In honor of the U.S. debut of the "Meat-shaped stone," the museum presents PORK, a tribute to both the masterpiece and dongpo rou. Jamie Chu, curatorial project assistant, will introduce the history of the pork dish and the inspiration behind the artwork. Exciting new interpretations of dongpo rou will be prepared by four local foodie innovators, including The Chairman and Mariko Grady, founder of Aedan Fermented, which produces traditional Japanese fermented foods. After they present their mouthwatering interpretations of dongpo rou, you can grab a pork passport and sample each dish (while supplies last). The night also includes music by DJ Umami, a cash bar and a special food-themed tour of Emperors' Treasures.
Make this tasty treasure at home with our handy step-by-step video to preparing dongpo rou. All you’ll need are a few ingredients, available at most Asian grocery stores, and cooking supplies hiding around the kitchen. Be advised: The process is time-consuming — you should budget about four hours from start to finish. But the juicy, tender, sweet-and-savory pork belly is worth every minute you’ll spend — trust us.
Delight your taste buds, impress your friends (if you feel like sharing), and eat like a king (or should we say an emperor).
Don't eat pork, but still want to taste this iconic dish? Try our vegan recipe featuring winter melon and green jackfruit...
Listen to Pork Rocks...
If you’ve still got an appetite for pork, head to the museum store for some meaty mementos. We’ve got “Meat-shaped stone” paperweights, pens, magnets and more, all for under $20.