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Recipe for Taiwanese meat sauce over rice

Serves 4

Jennifer Che’s recipe for Taiwanese meat sauce, lo bah png, marries earthy Chinese black mushrooms with soy sauce to create a ground pork dish rich with umami. Sweet and fragrant Chinese five-spice is at most specialty markets. Rice wine sweetens the dish, and hard-cooked eggs, which cook briefly in the sauce, are the garnish on the plate. Lo bah png is rarely served on its own, so stir-fry bok choy or Chinese broccoli in garlic as a simple side. Serve over rice.

6dried black Chinese mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
1tablespoon vegetable oil
6shallots, finely chopped
1pound ground pork
2tablespoon rice wine
cup soy sauce
2cups water
1teaspoon sugar
1teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
Rice (for serving)

1. Drain the mushrooms; chop them.

2. In a large wok or deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, or until they brown. Add the mushrooms and pork and stir-fry for 5 minutes, or until the pork is browned.


3. Add the rice wine, soy sauce, water, sugar and five-spice powder. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover the pan. Simmer for 45 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the eggs and cook steadily for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of cold water and peel off the shells.

5. Ten minutes before the pork mixture is finished cooking, carefully place the eggs in the mixture so they are completely submerged in liquid.

6. Remove the eggs from the sauce and slice them thickly. Spoon rice into 4 shallow bowls. Add meat sauce and garnish with eggs.

The steps:

Jennifer Che makes Taiwanese meat sauce, by first rehydrating dried mushrooms.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Chopping shallots. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Putting them in the pot. Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Sauteeing ground pork. Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Adding rice wine. Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Adding soy sauce. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Plus Chinese five-spice powder. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Stirring it all. Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
The finished sauce, served over rice, with hard-cooked eggs that have been cooked briefly in the pork juices. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Tiny Urban Kitchen. Adapted from “Homestyle Cooking of Taiwan”