Dongpo Pork is a well-known dish in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. It is named after Su Dongpo, a literary giant who lived about 900 years ago.
The story is that when he was the prefecture governor of Hangzhou, he had a dam built across the West Lake. The lake was dredged and became a rich source of irrigation for the farmland, thus making it possible for the local people to have a bumper harvest each year. The dam is now known as the sudi Dam.
When the spring Festival arrived, many folks went to Su Dongpo’s home to wish him Happy New Year. They took along pork and wine to show their thanks. Su Dongpo accepted the gifts. But then he and the meat cooked in a special way and sent it on to the families of the people who had worked on the West Lake dredging project.The local people greatly praised su dongpo for this good deed and named the dish Dongpo Pork. One restaurant manager was very quick to capitalize on the name. When he saw how popular the dish proved, he asked his cook to prepare the meat in the same way. His business soon flourished. Of course, other restaurants began to copy him. Before long, Dongpo Pork was available in every restaurant in Hangzhou. Soon, Dongpo Pork ranked first on the list of local dishes. Even today, when people there hold a feast, Dongpo Pork is still often featured.