Ló͘-bah-pn̄g

Taiwanese Ló͘-bah-png

Ló͘-bah-png or in Chinese "lǔ ròu fàn" translates to braised minced pork on rice. The signature Taiwanese comfort food is traditionally made with minced pork belly. In other parts of the country, ground meat is preferred. The key to the deep flavor experience is cooking the meat in two steps: first, fry the meat in oil, then slow-cook it in a savory sauce. The dish is supposed to be a bit on the salty side.
Cuisine Taiwanese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping List

  • 1 lb ground meat (see notes)
  • 2 medium shallots halved and sliced
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari**)
  • 1/8 cup cooking or white wine
  • 2 tsp sugar brown recommended
  • oil

Optional

  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms shiitake mushroom, portabello, or button mushrooms
  • 3-4 hard-boiled eggs peeled

Suggested Sides

  • cooked rice or noodles of your choice
  • 8 oz bok choy or Savoy cabbage sliced and steamed

Culinary Spice Kit:

  • Fennel, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, Sichuan pepper or Chinese Five Spice to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a POT, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add shallots and fry until they turn brown.
  • Add ginger and meat. Stir-fry until the meat is cooked and broken apart.
  • Optionally, add mushrooms. Fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add Ló͘-bah-pn̄g spices, soy sauce, wine, sugar, and 2 cups of water.
  • Optionally, place the eggs in the sauce.
  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Note: The sauce is supposed to have the consistency of a soup, not thick.
  • Serve Ló͘-bah-pn̄g in bowls:
  • Add a large amount of rice or noodles.
  • Scoop the meat on top.
  • Note: It’s supposed to be less meat than rice/ noodles.
  • Add sauce to individual taste.
  • Top with bok choy or cabbage.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Notes/ Variations
*) Pork recommended. Beef or poultry works well too.
**) Substitutes with a similar taste are: coconut aminos, liquid aminos, or Worcestershire sauce.
▪ Substitute shallots with 1 cup of fried onions and add them in step 4.
▪ Add garlic, or substitute ginger with 2 cloves garlic.
Keyword fennel, Sichuan pepper, star anise