1. Cut pork in 1 1/2 inch cubes. Place with water in a heavy saucepan and bring quickly to a boil.
2. Meanwhile, slice and crush ginger root. Then add to pan along with soy sauce, sherry and salt. Simmer, covered, 1 hour.
3. Add sugar. Turn meat over and simmer, covered, 30 minutes more.1/2 pound peastarch noodles, boiled 20 minutes, then drained, and added with 1 1/2 cups boiling water During the last 20 minutes, add 2 or 3 bean curd cakes, cut in quarters or cubed, and/or 2 cups bamboo shoots, cut in large chunks.
During the last 3 minutes, add 1 can abalone, cut in 1/4 inch slices. Also substitute 1 cup abalone liquid for the water in step 1.