Chinese Steamed Pork Patty

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Chinese steamed pork patty is a very simple dish made with ground pork, preserved vegetables and some seasonings. It is so easy even a beginner can make it successfully!

steamed pork patty

When I was a kid, my mom used to make me this Chinese steamed pork patty. Every kids in the family loved it so much! Even the neighbor kids would ask for more!

I didn’t know how simple it is to make, I just knew that when my mom asked us if we wanted to eat this while we were playing, she’d just take it out so quickly on the dining table. I thought she made it before she even asked us.

Later in life, I found out how easy and quick it is to make this dish, I made it for my husband. He loved it so. He also had it in his childhood. I think almost every Chinese household makes this dish.

Origin

The origin of this wonderful dish is unknown but some people say it might come from Guangdong. Cantonese people dishes are usually salty and steamed. And it might also come from Hakka because Hakka people uses a lot of preserved vegetables in their dishes.

The Secret Lies in the Sauteed Oil

Ground Pork

The quickest way is to buy ground pork from the grocery. You don’t have to grind it at home.

Preserved Vegetables (Dong Choi)

The preserved vegetables (dong choi) can be chopped finely if it is too big. It is salty so don’t put too much of it. I have weighed it just enough to give the patty saltiness.

preserved vegetables

Oyster Sauce

Oyster sauce and soy sauce mixed together will give more flavor to the patty.

If you are worried of gluten in oyster sauce, there is gluten free oyster sauce available on the market.

Sauteed Oil

Sauteed oil is made by sauteeing garlic, shallots, and leeks together until the oil is very fragrant.

You can make this sauteed oil and keep it in your kitchen for your daily cooking. It is very fragrant and you don’t have to sautee garlic for cooking any dish that needs garlic anymore.

Steamed Pork Patty Recipe

  • 350 gr ground pork (shoulder or thigh)
  • 40 gr preserved vegetables
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp mushroom powder
  • 2-3 tbsp flavored oil

Instructions

  1. Put the ground pork in a mixing bowl.
  2. Process preserved vegetables in a food processor or chop them finely. Press the water out until almost dry.
  3. Start putting in oyster sauce, soy sauce, mushroom powder salt, sugar, mushroom powder, and sauteed oil.
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  1. Mix together well. Make sure the seasoning is thoroughly distributed.
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  1. Put the mixture in a ceramic bowl. Use the back of the spoon to create a crate in the middle.
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  1. Steam with high heat for 20-30 minutes.
  2. You can see some broth on top of the pork.
  3. Add some salty fish if you like it.
  4. Serve with rice.

Why is Steamed Pork Patty Healthy?

Steamed pork is healthy because it is steamed and it doesn’t have any flour or carbs in it. If you are on ketogenic diet, you may want to consider this as your daily meal.

Serving

You can garnish the pork patty with minced leeks or salted fish. Be careful in adding salted fish. It might be too salty because it already has preserved vegetables in it.

Steamed pork patty is usually served with hot rice. It is placed on top of rice.

Variations

There are many variations you probably can see in your friend’s house. Some people add mushroom or leeks in the patty.

There is also a salted egg version in the patty. You can try may different variations.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What is the origin of the Chinese steamed pork patty?

A: The Chinese steamed pork patty, known as 肉饼 (ròu bǐng) in Mandarin, has roots in the culinary traditions of southern China, particularly in the Cantonese cuisine.

Q: How do I store leftovers, and how long do they last?

A: Leftover steamed pork patty should be cooled to room temperature and then transferred to an airtight container. Stored in the refrigerator, it will last for up to 3-4 days.

Q: Can I use other meats besides pork for this dish?

A: Yes, while pork is the traditional choice due to its fat content and flavor, you can experiment with other ground meats like chicken, turkey, or beef. Keep in mind that leaner meats might produce a slightly drier result. You may add chicken skin, turkey skin or some beef fatty part to give it more moisture.

Q: How can this dish be gluten-free?

A: This simple dish is gluten-free because it uses no flour or carbs in binding all the meat together. Through steaming, the meat binds itself with other ingredients creating a compact yet juice patty. Just make sure the seasonings has no gluten in it.

Conclusion

This is a simple dish you must try at home for your family. Not only it is easy to make but also very healthy as well!

Follow the steps mentioned above and you will be sure to have a delicious meal passed down through so many generations!

Other recipes with Ground Pork:

If you like this recipe and want to try other Asian recipes, you can try The Easy Shrimp Fried Rice.

steamed pork patty

STEAMED PORK PATTY

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Chinese steamed pork patty is a very simple and delicious dish that your family will love!

Ingredients

  • 300 gr ground pork
  • 40 gr preserved vegetables
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp mushroom powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp sauteed oil

Instructions

  1. Put the ground pork in a mixing bowl.
  2. Put in the preserved vegetables.
  3. Put in oyster sauce, soy sauce, mushroom powder and sauteed oil.
  4. Mix together well. Make sure the seasoning is thoroughly distributed.
  5. Put the mixture in a ceramic bowl. Use the back of the spoon to create a crate in the middle.
  6. Steam with high heat for 20 minutes.
  7. You can see some broth on top of the pork.
  8. Add some salty fish if you like it.
  9. Serve with rice.

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