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  • Author: Nancy
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dishes, entree, vegan, vegetarian
  • Method: Braise
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegan


Turn this otherwise fatty dish into a plant-based, protein-rich vegan rice bowl using fermented soy-based tempeh. The texture holds true with an excellent melt-in-your-mouth satisfaction of savoury sweet umami – firm yet soft enough with every bite! If you love the traditional Taiwanese Braised Pork Belly dish, you will LOVE this healthier Vegan Taiwanese Braised “Pork Belly” Lu Rou Fan 素食滷肉飯.





  • 400g tempeh 天貝
  • 4 stalks green onions, white part 蔥
  • 56 garlic cloves 蒜頭
  • 20g ginger 
  • 12 bird’s eye chili, seeds removed (optional) 紅辣椒
  • 1 packet Vietnamese spice for beef pho soy packs, 滷包(滷包的成份: 花椒, 丁香, 小茴香, 八角, 肉桂) 1包


Marinade 滷肉汁

  • 3 tbsp dark soy 老抽 (see notes)
  • 1 tbsp light soy 生抽 (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing Wine 紹興酒
  • 2 tbsp rock sugar 冰糖
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 2 tsp honey (vegan option use maple syrup蜂蜜 或素食用楓糖漿 
  • 500ml water 




  1. Break up tempeh into pieces and cook tempeh in a medium pot of boiling water for ten minutes with 1/2 teaspoon salt to remove the bitterness.
  2. Remove tempeh from water and drain well.
  3. In a non-stick pan, sautee the tempeh with garlic, ginger, finely chopped green onions, chilli peppers for a few minutes. – We like using the Always Pan (save $10 when you purchase an Always Pan with this link).
  4. In a separate bowl, mix marinade ingredients. 
  5. Braise the tempeh at low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. While the tempeh is braising, cook a pot of rice in your rice cooker. For this recipe, perhaps the most crucial ingredient is a hot bowl of white jasmine rice. Scoop the braised tempeh and sauce onto the rice and serve!
  7. I bet you can not just eat one bowl of rice with this vegan braised tempeh recipe!



  1. 將天貝切成小塊,在中鍋中用1/2茶匙鹽煮天貝十分鐘,以除去苦味。
  2. 從水中拿出天貝,瀝乾水分。
  3. 大火在鍋中, 用大蒜,姜,切碎的大蔥,辣椒天貝拌勻炒幾分鐘。
  4. 在一個單獨的碗中,醃料成分。
  5. 在低火下將豆炆30分鐘。
  6. 天貝時,最重要的環節是準備一碗白飯
  7. 在電飯鍋中煮一鍋米飯。
  8. 在米飯上加天貝和醬汁
  9. 不油不膩,甘甜鹹香的口感,素食滷肉(天貝)






  • Instead of combination of dark soy and light soy you can also use 4 tbsp of Taiwanese soy sauce 醬油.
  • In a small pot, melt rock sugar with a little bit of water. 

Keywords: Vegan Taiwanese Braised Pork Belly, Lu Rou Fan, 素食滷肉飯, 滷肉飯, tempeh, tempe, tempea, 天貝, comfort dishes, taiwan food, chinese recipe, pork recipes, vegan rice bowls

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