Taiwanese Minced Pork Recipe (滷肉燥, Stew ground Pork)

Taiwanese meat sauce
Taiwanese meat sauce

Hands-on Time: <5 min. Total Time: 30 min.

SHORT VERSION:

In a skillet, high heat, add Oil (1 t) add Ground Pork (~0.5 to 0.8lb), cook for ~ 2 min. Add fried shallot (~ ¼ C), Soy Sauce (1/4 C), Sugar (1/8 C), Water (2 C). Bring to boil, taste for saltiness, add salt or sugar to your liking. Cover, cook over low heat for 25 min.

INTRO:

Taiwanese minced pork recipe (or Taiwanese meat sauce) is the national staple of Taiwan. It’s meaty, salty, sweet with fried shallot aroma. You can find it at every street corner restaurants/diners and in all kinds of dishes and snacks, whether it’s noodle, rice, vegetable, or even pastry (Yes, you can actually find it in moon cake or traditional Chinese pastry). The traditional Taiwanese meat sauce is usually made with ground or minced pork, fried shallot, soy sauce, crystal sugar, five spice powder and/or star anise. The same meat sauce is usually used to stew fried tofu, Mashroom, and egg as well. I am sharing an easy version of the meat sauce with the most essential ingredients, but please check out the G.E.M. section to see what other ingredients or spices you can add for the most authentic flavor.

 

TIP:

Tip.1

If you plan to add tofu (fried or regular) to the mix, add them in the last 10 min.

Tip.2

Ground pork might become clusters of tiny meat balls. Try to break them down as small as possible (just like Italian meat sauce).

Tip.3

Five spice powder and star anise are strong in flavor, ½ to 1 t for five spice powders and 1 or 2 whole star anise will likely be enough for ~ 1lb of pork.

 

GOING THE EXTRA MILE (G.E.M.) – the small steps to take your dish to the next level

G.E.M.1

Add five spice powder (1t) and/or star anise (1) to add flavor.

G.E.M.2

Add fried tofu and/or Chinese Mushroom (usually available dried in Asian store) to the stew.

G.E.M.3

Optional sauce to add: Dark soy sauce to add color and depth in flavor. Rice wine to enhance flavor.

G.E.M.4

Ground your own pork! You can control the fat to meat ratio and get fresher meat this way. You can use KitchenAid or finely chop the pork to give it different textures.

 

COOKWARE:

INGREDIENTS:

Taiwan Meat Sauce Ingredients
Taiwan Meat Sauce Ingredients

Protein

  • Ground Pork (~ 0.8lb, no need to be exact.)

Vegetable

  • Fried shallot (1/4 C).

I am using the pre-packaged fried shallot from local Asian store. But you can fry shallot over medium heat if you like. No Shallot? Onion will work also. But I would recommend using fried shallot, there is just something special in the fried shallot that completes this dish.

Sauce/condiments/Spices:

Relative ratio is more important. Adjust the total amount based on your situation.

  • Sugar – 1/8 C
  • Soy Sauce –  1/4 C
  • (Optional G.E.M.) Five spice powder (1/2 t)
  • (Optional G.E.M.) Star anise (1)
  • (Optional G.E.M.) Fried Tofu
  • (Optional G.E.M.) Dark Soy Sauce (1 T)

 

BEFORE COOKING:

Prep.1

(Optional G.E.M.) Rinse or boil (30s or so) the fried tofu before adding to the stew to remove some of the grease. This is totally optional, just my own food safety habit.

 

COOKING STEPS:

Taiwan Meat Sauce cooking
Taiwan Meat Sauce cooking

Cooking.1

In a skillet, high heat, add oil (1t), ground pork (0.8lb), cook for 2 min.

Cooking.2

Add fried shallot (1/4 C), Soy Sauce (1/4 C), Sugar (1/8 C), and (optional) Dark Soy Sauce (1T), (optional) Five Spice Powder (1t) or Sar Anise (1). Stir-fry for 1 min. Add water (2 C). Bring everything to boil. Cover, turn to low heat for 25 to 30 min.

Cooking.3

Taiwan Meat Sauce with Fried Tofu
Taiwan Meat Sauce with Fried Tofu

(Optional G.E.M.) Add Fried Tofu (~ 12oz) into the stew for the last 10 min.

 

It’s ready!

 

Meal Suggestion: Taiwanese Meat Sauce over Noodle.

Taiwan Meat Sauce with noodle
Taiwan Meat Sauce with noodle
Taiwanese meat sauce over noodle
Taiwanese meat sauce over noodle

Serve Taiwanese minced pork recipe with noodle (any kind, Asian noodle preferred. Follow the cooking instructions on the package.)

Taiwanese Meat Sauce (滷肉燥, Stew ground Pork)
Taiwanese meat sauce is the national staple of Taiwan. It’s meaty, salty, sweet with fried shallot aroma. You can find it at every street corner restaurants/diners and in all kinds of dishes and snacks, whether it’s noodle, rice, vegetable, or even pastry (Yes, you can actually find it in moon cake or traditional Chinese pastry).
Author:
Cuisine: Chinese, Taiwanese, Asian
Recipe type: Stew, Braised, Pork, Sauce
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • Ground Pork (~ 0.8lb, no need to be exact.)
  • Fried shallot (1/4 C).
  • Sugar – ⅛ C
  • Soy Sauce - ¼ C
  • (Optional G.E.M.) Five spice powder (1/2 t)
  • (Optional G.E.M.) Star anise (1)
  • (Optional G.E.M.) Fried Tofu
  • (Optional G.E.M.) Dark Soy Sauce (1 T)
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, high heat, add oil (1t), ground pork (0.8lb), cook for 2 min.
  2. Add fried shallot (1/4 C), Soy Sauce (1/4 C), Sugar (1/8 C), and (optional) Dark Soy Sauce (1T), (optional) Five Spice Powder (1t) or Sar Anise (1). Stir-fry for 1 min. Add water (2 C). Bring everything to boil. Cover, turn to low heat for 25 to 30 min.
  3. (Optional) Add Fried Tofu (~ 12oz) into the stew for the last 10 min.
Notes
If you plan to add tofu (fried or regular) to the mix, add them in the last 10 min.
Ground pork might become clusters of tiny meat balls. Try to break them down as small as possible (just like Italian meat sauce).
Five spice powder and star anise are strong in flavor, ½ to 1 t for five spice powders and 1 or 2 whole star anise will likely be enough for ~ 1lb of pork.
Add five spice powder (1t) and/or star anise (1) to add flavor.
Add fried tofu and Chinese Mashroom (usually available in Asian store) to the stew.
Optional sauce to add: Dark soy sauce to add color and depth in flavor. Rice wine to enhance flavor.

 

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