Taiwanese Ground Pork and Pickled Cucumbers


This is a Taiwanese-style minced pork, usually eaten over rice with a vegetable. Can easily double or triple the recipe if needed.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
17 mins
Total Time:
32 mins
2 servings



  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce paste

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 3 dashes ground white pepper

  • ½ pound ground pork

  • cup Taiwanese pickled cucumbers with brine, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground star anise

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil

  • 2 green onions, chopped


  1. Mix rice wine, soy sauce paste, soy sauce, sugar, and white pepper together in a bowl.

  2. Mix ground pork with brine from cucumbers together in a bowl.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook and stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add pork mixture; cook and stir until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes. Push pork and shallots to the sides of the skillet, making a space in the center. Add garlic, ginger, and star anise; stir.

  4. Pour water into the skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low; simmer until sauce reduces to about 1 cup. Stir in chopped cucumbers. Stir in rice wine mixture; cook until flavors combine, 4 to 6 minutes.

  5. Top pork mixture with sesame oil and green onions.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 1/8 teaspoon Chinese Five-Spice powder for the ground star anise if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
24g Fat
11g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 1282mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 456mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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