Taiwanese Braised Pork (Rou Zao Fan)

Taiwanese Braised Pork (Rou Zao Fan)

Simple, soulful, and comforting, this traditional Taiwanese dish is a hug from Grandma in a bowl. Juicy ground pork gets its depth of flavor from soy sauce, shiitake mushrooms, oyster sauce, cooking wine, and Chinese five spice powder (a mixture of Sichuan peppercorn, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, and fennel). Serve it over rice and expect to scrape the bowl clean.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

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Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

9 mins

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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (canola, sunflower, corn, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
  • ¼ (60g) medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup (90g) shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • ¼ cup shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 8 oz (225g) ground pork
  • scallions to garnish, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil, for garnish


  1. Add the oil, ginger, onion, mushrooms, and Chinese five spice into the Anyday dish. 
  2. Cover with the lid (knob lifted). Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, or until the onions are soft.
  3. Add the soy sauce, dark soy sauce, shaoxing wine, oyster sauce, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Continue cooking uncovered for 3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Add the ground pork and break it up into smaller pieces with 2 forks or a spatula.
  6. Continue cooking uncovered for 4-5 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and coats the meat evenly. Break the pork into small pieces, mix well, and continue cooking uncovered for 1 more minute. 
  7. Sprinkle some scallions and drizzle some sesame oil over the pork and enjoy.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Enjoy with steamed rice.
  • Great recipe for a sloppy joe alternative.
  • Try as a filling for lettuce wraps!
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.