卤肉饭 (Lu Rou Fan) Taiwanese Braised Pork on Rice [SP]

When we visited Taiwan in August 2018 – our first ever trip to Asia together – we fell in love with the diverse cuisine of the country. Taiwan has had a plethora of varied influences over the centuries, from Spanish and Dutch rule to Chinese and Japanese more recently. In the present day the country is a melting pot of many nationalities, and this is reflected in its eclectic cuisine that’s continuing to constantly evolve. Taiwanese cuisine, we found, is heavy on garlic, not too heavy on chilli (which might surprise some people), pork reigns supreme and vegetables are in abundance in dishes. This dish, Braised Pork on Rice, is one of the most iconic dishes in Taiwanese cuisine and it’s available across the country.

This was probably amongst our favourite dishes we tried when we visited and we couldn’t wait to get back home and try our own spin on it. This is as close as we could come to the authentic original and this put a huge smile on our faces when we put chopsticks to mouth and tasted our recreation as it transported us back to that amazing week spent exploring the island and its incredibly unique and delicious cuisine.

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