Friday, July 21, 2006
posted by pablopabla at 4:19 pm

Once in a while, mum will cook Tau Yu Bak (stewed pork in soya sauce).

I like this dish as it compliments rice very well. The rich stew tastes heavenly when poured over the rice and the meat is usually very tender by the end of cooking time.

Tau Yu Bak can be cooked using either belly pork or even pork ribs. In this picture, pork ribs are used together with tau ki (which is soya sheets).

You can also add hard boiled eggs or even tau pok (fried beancurd) as extra ingredients.

Taste can be a matter of individual preference and also depends on the type of dark soya sauce you use. Dark soya sauce (and even light soya sauce for that matter) differs in taste from one brand to another due to the individual recipe in the fermentation process. Some tastes saltier than others. Some tastes sweeter than others. For us, we usually source our dark soya sauce from our hometown in Pontian Kecil, Johor, Malaysia.

My mum's recipe is as follows:-

  • 300 gms of belly pork or pork ribs. (If belly pork is used, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (fat at the top, lean at bottom). If pork ribs are used, choose meaty ones and ask butcher to cut into 2 inch lengths)
  • 100 gms of tau ki (also known as foo chok. Ask for stiff type)
  • 5 to 8 chinese dried mushrooms (pre-soak till soft)
  • 3 whole bulbs of garlic
  • 2 bowls of warm water (approximately 500 mls)
  • 3 tablespoons dark soya sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 inches ceylon cinnamon (kayu manis)
  • salt to taste
  • white pepper to taste

Heat pot. Add sugar. Once sugar caramelised, add meat and coat it with caramelised sugar to lock juices in.

Add water, garlic, chinese dried mushrooms and seasoning. (This is also the time to add hard boiled eggs and / or tau pok if you wish to have more ingredients)

Once start to boil, close lid, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Then add tau ki and simmer for a further 30 minutes. Add boiling water is stew becomes too dry.

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At 8:46 am, Anonymous yich

Hi, visiting your food blog for the first time. Found you through cheftalk forum.

This recipe looks like "kong ba" as in stewed pork used in stewed pork bun.

If I can find tao ki in the local supermarket where I live (in CA), I'd definitely try this recipe!


At 10:58 am, Blogger PabloPabla

yich : Hello and thanks for visiting! Actually this recipe is a bit different from "kong bak". The meat is cut differently (kong bak is cut in slices) and cooked slightly differently as well. Very fatty dish! :)


At 10:31 am, Anonymous yich

Hey hey! Do you have the kong ba recipe then? I have some pau skin in the freezer... just waiting to learn how to cook the meat as the filling!