Lo Ba Bung (滷肉飯) is a classic Taiwanese "comfort food" dish. It's both inexpensive and VERY quick to prepare, and, of course, tastes delicious. Minced pork is cooked in a searing hot wok with a handful of tasty yet simple flavorings, giving this dish a salty-sweet flavor, with the star anise and cinnamon lending a subtle exotic touch.
Now, I've seen this recipe served both over rice or rice noodles, but I ALWAYS prefer it over rice. The rice absorbs all of the delicious juices from the pork and seems more comforting to me. The best part? It comes together in just a few minutes!
Lo Ba Bung (滷肉飯) - Taiwanese Minced Pork Over Rice
adapted from Steamy Kitchen
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 whole star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 lb ground pork
Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, water and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk until combined.
Heat the oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, star anise and cinnamon stick. Saute for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
Add the ground pork and break into small pieces while cooking until browned. Once browned, add the soy sauce mixture. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve atop rice.