• Christopher Roberts

Ep 24 - Taiwanese Braised Pork and Rice Recipe

In episode twenty-four of the Film and Food Podcast Chris had the amazing repeat guest Nick Charlie Key from the Fantastic History of Food Podcast back on the show as a guest to discuss the 2000 film Eat Drink Man Woman! I encourage you to check out this film and give this episode a listen by clicking on the 'Podcast tab' to listen now!

Inspired by all the elaborate meals in the film, Chris has made a Taiwanese inspired pork and rice dish! Enjoy! Also make sure to check out the other recipe for this episode, Boba Tea, as well!

Taiwanese Pork & Rice:

Braised Pork is such a delicious and indulgent dish, make sure to lovingly prepare this meal for loved ones just like Mr Chu does for his daughters in the film - or enjoy it all by yourself!


(serves two)

- 500gm pork belly (with fat on)

- 1 cup white rice

- 4 eggs

- 2 garlic cloves, finely diced

- 1 tbsp raw sugar

- 1/4 cup soy sauce

- 1/4 cup Chinese rice wine ( I used mirin)

- 1 tbsp cinnamon or one cinnamon stick

- 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice

- 1 onion diced or 100gm diced shallots


1. Dice the pork belly into rough 1-2cm squares. Put a pot of water on to boil and place in eggs, boil for 6-8 minutes to achieve hard-boiled eggs. Peel and set aside for later.

2. In an ovenproof dish, heat the pork belly, onion or shallots, garlic and sugar on medium heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes while stirring occasionally until the sugar starts to caramelise on the base of the dish.

3. Add the soy sauce, Chinese rice wine or mirin, cinnamon, a tsp of pepper and chinese five spice to the dish. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated. Add 1 and a half cups of water to the dish and bring to the boil. Skim off about half of the fat that rests on the surface, leaving the rest in the dish. Add a touch more soy sauce to taste.

4. Poke a few holes in the peeled hard-boiled eggs and add to the pot. Take the pot and move it into the oven, cook for 1 and a half to three hours (the longer the better!) until the liquid has reduced.

5. About 15 minutes before the pork is ready, cook your white rice in your preferred way.

6. Serve half of the rice into one bowl and half in another, then serve two boiled eggs and half the braised pork on top of the rice in one bowl and the other half on top of the rice in the other bowl.


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