10 April 2013

Tauk Yu Bak (Pork Simmered in Dark Soy Sauce Gravy)

Tauk Yu Bak or pork in dark soy sauce is one of my comfort dish since very young. My mum always cook this dish even until now. I cooked this dish a lot too as it goes well with rice or even porridge. I'm going to share my mum recipe with some modification as she doesn't has the exact quantities for all ingredients. My mum loves cooking this dish using fatty pork belly which has distinctive 3 layers, but my hubby always complain that it is too fatty, therefore, I used to cook it with pork belly that removed the skin and leave behind a bit of fatty layer as this dish will be nice to have a bit of fat. 

Recipe from Ah Tze's kitchen play
500g pork belly cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled
500ml water
4 hard-boiled eggs, remove shell
3~4 pcs fried beancurd, cut into quartered
4 star aniseeds
2 cinnamon stick
10 dried chestnut, boiled for 10 mins.
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp corn flour
a dash of pepper 

1. Rinse the pork cubes and season with sugar, dark soy sauce, corn flour and pepper. Set aside for at least 30 mins.
2. Heat pan with oil. Fry the garlic, add in the marinated pork. Stir-fry for 3 mins., add in cinnamon stick, chestnut, star aniseeds. Add in water, light soy sauce. When the gravy boiling, lower the heat and cover. Continue simmer for another 20 mins. or until the pork is tender. 
3. Add in fried bean curd and eggs, let it simmer for another mins. Serve warm with rice or porridge.  


  1. 这道传统菜肴是好好吃的哦。我孩子喜欢它的卤汁配饭吃。

    1. 是的,我儿子也是喜欢那卤汁和卤蛋 :)

  2. 这道传统菜到流传了几个年代,好像就是吃不腻的,

  3. 卤的料理我一向来都很喜欢

  4. today I almost cook the same thing but I use minced pork instead, hehehe..

  5. Tze, that day I also craving for 卤蛋。So I cook taoyu vegetarian pork torte with egg at last...now look at yours delicious taoyu bak, I am hungry mannnn....

  6. Hi Ah Tze,
    Your tau yu bak looks so delicious! I could eat two bowls of rice just with this one dish alone!

  7. Ah Tze, your version is very special for adding chestnuts in there! Do you know that fresh chestnuts can be bought from the market now? I think the season of chestnuts start again. I also love the eggs very much! It is something that I can put some sauce on the rice & eat a big bowl of it!

  8. This is the most requested dish from my Mom's kitchen. She taught me how to make this but I still can't get it to taste like hers. I like your version too with the adition of chestnut in it.

  9. This looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing....

  10. delicious! i think every family has their own version of tau yu bak and i'm sure your mum recipe is also one of the best!

  11. THis dish always makes me think of my childhood days, my mom's popular dish on the table:D Yours looks delicious with so much more ingredients!

  12. This dish is my all time favourite, yummy :)


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