Taiwanese Style Minced Pork

This is the 100th entry for the community kitchen, It’s been more than a year since I joined the community kitchen. It is a great place to learn new recipes from different cultures and meet new friends. I would like to thank all who had shared their recipes and extended their friendship.

Heidi shared a few dishes at the Gilmore Park Church community kitchen. She made this Taiwanese Style Minced Pork to go with rice. The sauce from this dish is just great to go with rice. Kids will surely love this dish as its easy for them to chew on unlike dishes with big pieces of meat.


She also brought some Soy Egg and Thai Style Pickled Cucumber which she prepared from home to go complement the Taiwanese Style Minced Pork.


The Soy Egg is cooked in soy sauce, sugar, water and sometimes with the addition of herbs and spices. This can be eaten as a snack.

Here is the recipe for the Taiwanese Style Minced Pork.


  • 1.5 lbs minced pork
  • 6 pieces dried shiitake mushroom, soak well and finely chopped
  • 4 pieces of shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped ginger
  • 10g rock sugar
  • 2 oz soy sauce paste
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 small piece dried orange peel
  • 1 medium pieces of dried Buddha’s fruit (Loh Han Guo), about 1/2 of a fruit. *
  • 1 cup water


* Buddha’s fruit is a natural sweetener. The fruit is cooling in nature and can be used as a remedy for sun stroke. It is also used as a remedy for cough and removal of phlegm.

I love Buddha’s fruit dessert soup which has sea coconut and dried longan in it.


_MG_3944_edited-1Fry the chopped shallots and ginger with two tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan. Fry on medium heat until fragrant.
_MG_3949_edited-1Add in the chopped mushrooms and mix well.
_MG_3957_edited-1Add in the minced pork, bay leaves, Buddha’s fruit, dried orange peel and star anise. Mix them well.
_MG_3960_edited-1Season with the soy sauce paste, light soy sauce, rice wine, salt, five spice powder and curry powder. Continue to mix and fry. Add 1 cup of water and the rock sugar and let simmer for 40 minutes.
img_2410-copy-200x300I had added this picture of the soy sauce paste as one of the reader (Karen) asked about the soy sauce paste. Soy sauce paste is a product made with soy sauce, corn starch, sugar, sodium benzoate and less than 1/10 of 1% as food preservative. It tastes like soy sauce but less salty and it has a much thicker texture. It is a Taiwanese product.
_MG_3990_edited-1At the end of the simmering, add in the dark soy sauce to give the dish a nice colour and caramelized flavour.

I’ll blog on the recipe of the Thai Style Pickled Cucumber tomorrow.

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  1. Windy

    I had it a lot when I went to Taiwan before, however, I never knew that it needs so many different herbs to make it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Chubbypanda

    My mom used to make this all the time. I miss living at home.

  3. Susie

    This is utterly delicious. It is well worth the effort with all the different ingredients – I make it often and everyone loves it!

  4. karen

    may i know what do you mean by soy sauce paste?

    1. Suanne

      Hi Karen, I had incorporated a picture and description of the soy sauce paste in the instruction part of the Taiwanese Style Minced Pork post. I hope that will help.

  5. Sally

    thank you for having this recipe on website.
    now i can try to cook it on my own. i love this dish a lot and have no idea how to cook but now i found you.

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