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By Christine Wang, DET HR
If you go to Taiwan you must try our national dish and soul food of the Taiwanese people- Lu Rou fan (滷肉飯) Braised Pork Rice! But until your next visit, I can show you how to make a simple version at home with a favorite side dish-Taiwanese stir-fried cabbage.
Lu Rou (滷肉) Braised Pork *this is a simpler version called 控肉 Kong Rou
- 1 lb skin-on pork belly
- 2 1/2 teaspoons raw sugar
- 1 carrot
- 1/4 cup cooking wine
- 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 4 hardboiled eggs, peeled
- 2-4 chilies
- Chinese spices:
- 3 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 cloves
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns
- 2 pieces dried tangerine peel
- 2 slices fresh ginger
Chop up the pork belly in small pieces and put in a pot of 2 cups of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Heat some oil in a wok/pan over low heat, and melt sugar then add the onions and stir-fry. Add blanched pork, carrots, cooking wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and water.
Once boiling, add the spices, along with the peeled hardboiled eggs and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
When the meat is tender, remove spices and turn up the heat to medium-high to thicken the sauce, stirring occasionally for about 5-minutes.
- 1 small cabbage
- 1-2 chilies
- 4 garlics
- Salt to taste
Roughly chop the green cabbage and peel and slice the garlic. Fry garlic and chilies together until you can smell with oil become aromatic.
Add cabbage into the pan with salt and mix everything together. Stir-fry for about 7 minutes or until the cabbage is tender.
Once both dishes are finished, you can enjoy your Taiwanese meal with fluffy hot rice and your family!
About the Author (Guest Contributor)
I’ve been at DET HR since 2019. I like experiencing different cultures and tasting all kinds of food whenever I go abroad. Thailand is the first country I traveled when I was 7 years old, and it’s amazing that I can work with awesome colleagues in this beautiful country. After work, I enjoy sports like cycling, jogging, yoga and workouts with friends. If you want to know anything about DET HR feel free to email me.