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Twice cooked pork 回鍋肉 Taiwanese style

Today we made a famous dish called Twice Cooked Pork 回鍋肉 Taiwanese style. The spicy taste is mainly from a spicy yellow bean paste which I hope you can get from your local Chinese supermarket if you don’t have it already. The first cooking of the pork is by boiling in a pan of water, we keep this water as it’s a good stock for soup and to add to your stir frys. We boiled the pork yesterday and are using half of the joint today in this recipe. In old Taiwan we used to boil and salt this meat to preserve it. Then when using in this stir fry it would become “twice cooked”. Also it tastes great, we hadn’t had this in a while because we had been enjoying the slightly different Korean version which I discovered how to cook last year!

Twice cooked pork Taiwanese style

Twice cooked pork Taiwanese style

Twice cooked pork ingredients

Twice cooked pork ingredients

The ingredients (for 2 to 3 people) 食材;

  • half a kilo of cooked (boiled) pork
  • 1 tbsp spicy yellow bean paste
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce (or thick soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp mirin (Japanese sweet vinegar)
  • bunch of garlic leaf
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 chillies
  • 2 spring onions
  • handful of coriander to garnish
  • serve with rice and green vegetables (we used oil seed vegetable)

The method 作法;

  1. prepare the joint of pork by boiling it in a pan of water the day before you need it
  2. slice and chop all the vegetables into quite small pieces
  3. very thinly slice the cold pork
  4. now get the sauce ready so we can pour it in the stir fry later
    mix the yellow bean paste, rice wine, oyster sauce and soy sauce together in a small bowl, put to one side
  5. heat up your frying pan and add 3 or 4 tbsp of oil, when that’s hot add in your sliced pork
  6. once the pork is browning add the other ingredients, saving half the garlic to stir fry with the side greens later
  7. add a dash or mirin if you like
  8. the stir fry will be ready in a few minutes
  9. pour the sauce we prepared earlier and make sure everything is heated through
  10. garnish with some coriander to taste
  11. we served with rice and green vegetables.

Joanne has recorded a how to make Twice cooked pork 回鍋肉 Taiwanese style cooking video so you can see and follow the timings, chopping shapes and sizes, and method step by step, as she prepares this delicious traditional Taiwanese food.

How to make Twice cooked pork 回鍋肉 Taiwanese style food, cooking video

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  1. Hi Joanne,

    Thank you for sharing. I like all your videos. Will watch without fail once a new video becomes available. I would like to ask if it is possible to classify the dishes accordingly e.g. Seafood, Meat, Dessert, etc. Makes it easier when need to search for a certain recipe.

    Next, I am quite interested in your cooker hob. Is it induction or halogen? Any comment to share about it? Does it scratch easily? Do you need special cookware?

    By the way, I am from Singapore. Chanced upon your website when I was searching for some recipes. Do you happen to know how to make “Nuo Mi Fan” – Glutinuous rice with chicken bits?

    • Hi Violet, I think you can use the tag cloud on the right hand side of the site to find recipes by their ingredients. Please try it, it’s easy it’s under the ehading “Ingredients and Topics”.
      Our current cooker is Halogen and I’m quite impressed with it, we live in the countryside now and there are no gas pipes! It works quite quickly but I would still like a big gas burner! The top does seem to have some small rings of burned on ingredients but they might be able to remove them with a special kind of tool, to “shave” it.
      I think I made the recipe you asked for but with pork, try that recipe for “Yo Fan“. Swap the pork for chicken chunks? Regards, Joanne

  2. Thanks for sharing. Is Yo Fan similiar to “Mi Gao” (in Chinese) when making it? I googled and found this image below. Wow, yum yum. 🙂

  3. Hi Joanne,

    thanks a lot for sharing all your recipes !!! I do highly appreciate Taiwanese food every since having been on a concert tour to Taiwan twice by now. And I am happy to cook this kind of food for friends, colleagues and family. Among others especially your “Twice cooked pork” has been a favourite for us and I have done it quite often – we still like it!!
    Best wishes and keep sharing your recipes with us – thanks again.

    With kind regards,

    Steffen (from Germany)

    • Yes, thanks for enjoying my recipes! There will be more resipes coming but also some times I make short videos and Faceook posts that don’t get on the main Taiwan Duck site here so please check there too! – Links at the upper right of this site.

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