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Dawn intestines 五更腸旺 , traditional Taiwanese cooking

Here is a Taiwanese classic to warm you and your friends as winter draws in. This is a rather spicy stew with a rich sauce. The main three ingredients in it are pork intestines, solidified pigs blood and tofu – of course it’s joined by seasonal vegetables and the usual assortment of Taiwanese favourite sauces and spices including sesame oil, ginger, garlic and so on. An important part of the overall flavour you will achieve is also from the fried red and black peppercorns plus the sour green vegetables. In a previous video I showed you how to make those, follow the link.


There’s a lot of ingredients for this dish, so it is never a street food, in my experience. You usually find it in the better quality traditional Taiwanese eat-in restaurants. Most of the time for this dish is in the preparation, you must cut everything as shown and prepare the intestines carefully as I showed you previously.

The ingredients;dawn-intestines-ingredients

  • pork intestines
  • pigs blood
  • tofu
  • sour green vegetables
  • your choice of seasonal vegetables
  • rice wine, soy sauce, ketchup
  • yellow bean paste
  • sugar
  • sesame oil
  • red and black peppercorns
  • chilli, spring onion, ginger, garlic greens
  • garnish with coriander or garlic greens

Joanne has recorded a video showing you how to make this Taiwanese classic stew! Please watch the video below and make your own, as long as you can find the ingredients it’s easy!

Dawn intestines 五更腸旺 , traditional Taiwanese cooking video

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  1. Hi Joanne,

    welcome to your new home, especially in the new kitchen – looks very professional like in a real restaurant.

    The dawn intestines recipe looks quite delicious. I haven’t tried the pig intestines recipe yet. So now, I got two to choose which comes first.

    I do hope you have a nice garden like in your previous home to plant all your own vegetables and fruits. …. Looking forward to more recipes, maybe some Taiwanese pumpkin recipe ??? (I love pumpkin soup)

    All the very best, also for getting settled in the new home,

    Steffen (from Germany)

    • Hi Steffen , I’m glad you lik ethe new kitchen, it’s taken quite a long time to get ready and still not quite finished. I also bought a big pumpkin slice the other day, maybe I will make something with it!

      • Hi Joanne,

        …great news – thanks a lot in advance!


        Steffen (from Germany)

        P.S.: Sitting here right now having your mayo tsi (Sesame Wine Chicken Soup)…love it!

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