Asian Pears Poached in Plum Sauce (Recipes)

2/24/2011 15:56:05 PM

Sweet Asian Pears are poached in plum wine, in this recipe from popular Chinese chef Martin Yan, (through the Melissa's Produce website).

Yield: Serves 4


3 cups Water
2/3 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Plum Wine
3 tablespoon Lemon Juice
4 slices Ginger Root lightly crushed
4 Asian Pears
2 tablespoons Plum Sauce
Chopped Crystallized Ginger for garnish


1. Combine water, sugar, wine, lemon juice, and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

2. Peel Asian Pears with a vegetable peeler, keeping stems intact. If you wish, remove cores from bottom of pears with a melon baller. As you peel each pear, place it in the liquid. Simmer, uncovered, until pears are barely tender, 20 - 30 minutes, depending on ripeness of fruit. Turn pears occasionally during cooking.

3. Lift out pears with a slotted spoon and place in a wide bowl. Simmer syrup until it is reduced to 1 cup. Add plum sauce to syrup; cook until heated through. Pour syrup over pears. Let stand until cool.

4. Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate, then serve cold. Sprinkle a little chopped crystallized ginger over each serving as garnish.

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