Steamed Pork with Preserved Vegetables

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Steamed pork patty is a simple and delicious dish you can find in many Chinese households. The combination of preserved vegetables, ground pork, and seasonings makes this dish irresistible!

steamed ground pork
Steamed Ground Pork

This is another of my childhood favorite dish. Being a busy housewife, my mother liked to cook this steamed ground pork because it is easy and the kids loved it so much.

No one can resist this simple dish. It is so simple and fast to make.Together with steamed rice, this dish is very delicious and nutritious, too.

What is Steamed Pork?

Steamed ground pork is a simple dish consisting of ground pork and preserved vegetables that is steamed. The meat mixture is usually seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, and green onions. Sometimes, bits of salted fish are added.

Steaming allows the food to retain the nutrients, flavors, and moisture of the meat. The meat forms a patty in a bowl.

This dish is popular in many Asian cuisines, because of its simplicity, flavor, and versatility. It can be served with rice, vegetables, shirataki, or noodles.

Important Note On the Ingredients

Ground Pork

You can get ground pork from grocery store. Make sure the meat is from the shoulder part of the pig because it has more fat in it. The fat is enough to make the pork juicy and bouncy.

Preserved Vegetables

Please be careful in using the preserved vegetables. They are salty, so do not use too much of it. This one is the dried version of preserved vegetables.

There is another version of preserved vegetables, which is wet. The color is different. This one has a bit of freshness by the sour taste.

If you decide to use this one, you need to chop the sour vegetables and squeeze out the water before putting it in the mixture.

Steamed Ground Pork Recipe

  • 300 gr ground pork
  • 40 gr preserved vegetables
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp mushroom powder
  • 2 tbsp sauteed oil

Step by Step

  1. Heat the cooking oil to saute the garlic and leeks. Stir fry until fragrant. Take out the garlic and leeks. Use only the oil.
  2. Put the ground pork into a bowl. Put in the sauteed oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and preserved vegetables.
  3. Mix well using a spatula. Make sure it is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Put the meat mixture into a heat-resistant bowl. Form a deep bowl in the center. This will allow the juice to come to the center. Check the video.
  5. Steam with high heat for 20 – 25 minutes.
  6. Take out the bowl, it is ready to serve.
  7. If you like it more salty, you can add some anchovies on top.
  8. Serve with hot, steamy rice and some boiled vegetables.
  9. Garnish with green onions or cilantro.
  10. Enjoy!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Can I use other meats besides pork?

A: Yes, while pork is the traditional choice, other ground meats such as chicken, turkey, or beef can be used as substitutes. However, each meat has its unique flavor and texture, so adjust the seasoning and cooking time to achieve the desired taste and texture.

Q: Is steamed ground pork suitable for freezing?

A: Absolutely! You can freeze the steamed ground pork for later. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat thoroughly before consuming, either by steaming again or using a microwave.

Q: Is steamed ground pork gluten-free?

A: This dish is gluten-free, but it depends on the specific ingredients used. Be mindful of other ingredients that may contain gluten. Always check labels and use gluten-free alternatives when necessary.

Q: How can I make a vegetarian version of steamed ground pork?

A: A vegetarian version can be made by substituting ground pork with plant-based alternatives like tofu or tempeh, or mushrooms.


Steamed ground pork is a versatile and flavorful dish, steeped in rich culinary traditions. In this article, I wrote down the recipe I usually use in my home.

Experiment with salted egg and salted fish to create another version of this delicious dish! Remember to adjust so the overall flavor is balanced.

If you like ground pork, I have several recipes posted: Easy Braised Tofu With Ground Pork and Ground Pork Noodle Topping.

If you cook any of the recipes posted, please share or leave a comment, I will be very happy to reply.

steamed ground pork


Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This is a super easy recipe of steamed ground pork. It is gluten free and very delicious!


  • 300 gr ground pork
  • 40 gr preserved vegetables (dong cai)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp mushroom powder
  • 2 tbsp sauteed oil


  1. Prepare the sauteed oil. Put 2 tbsp cooking oil in a wok. Heat it up. Put in garlic and leeks. Let it fry until fragrant. Take out the garlic and leeks. Take only the oil.
  2. Put the ground pork in a bowl. Put in oyster sauce, soy sauce, mushroom powder, and sauteed oil. Put in the preserved vegetables too.
  3. Mix well with a spoon.
  4. Put the mixture in a bowl, try to flatten the middle part to form a bowl in the center.
  5. Steam with high heat for 15 minutes.
  6. Ready to serve with hot, steamy rice.


1. Choose the pork from shoulder part as it has more fat. Try not to use lean meat because it will be dry and less delicious.

2. The preserved vegetables can be very salty, do not use too much.

3. If you like it to be more salty, you can add a little fried anchovy on top.

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