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.
What is Taiwanese Braised Pork Belly Rice?
Taiwanese Braised Pork Belly Rice is sometimes known as Minced Pork Rice. This infamous dish is iconic to Taiwanese cuisine. It is the ultimate comfort food made using pork belly braised in a savoury-sweet umami sauce. Nonetheless, this dish is heavy and quite fatty.
To make this dish healthier without losing its identity, we used tempeh. We like using tempeh from Tempea.
WHAT IS TEMPEH?
Tempeh (tempe) is a fermented soybean product that Indonesians like to use in traditional Indonesian cuisine. Tempeh uses a mould culture called Rhizopus. It produces a white outer layer as the mould's mycelia spread and grow in and around each soybean. As a result, this network of mycelia is what holds the product together into a patty-like consistency.
Unlike tofu, it has a firmer, "meatier" texture with a savoury, nutty flavour profile.
We like using tempeh made by Tempea - made using certified organic, non-GMO soybeans!
Thoroughly cook your unpasteurized tempeh with an internal temperature of 165° F (75° C). Do not eat raw tempeh.
HEALTH BENEFIT OF TEMPEH
Tempeh is a rich source of plant-based protein and fibre that is low in saturated fat, free of trans fat, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free. It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and may increase bone density and prevent bone loss. Fermented foods have probiotics that promote good gut health!
Do not consume tempeh that exhibits signs of spoilage: off odours, soft, mushy texture, pink discoloration, dark brown coffee-like beans, slimy or sticky texture.
How To Cook Tempeh?
There are various ways to cook the tempeh. Some people like to steam it, and some people like to grill or pan fry thinly-slice tempeh.
I prefer to break up tempeh pieces in a boiling pot of water for ten minutes with ½ teaspoon salt to remove the bitterness.
How to Cook Vegan Taiwanese Braised "Pork Belly"
You do not need to marinate tempeh ahead of time for this Taiwanese "Pork Belly" Rice recipe because you will be braising the tempeh on the non-frying pan.
We love using our Oprah approved Always Pan (save $10 when you purchase an Always Pan with this link).
This essential cooking pan is ceramic non-stick made without PFOAS and PTFES. I love the modular lid to release and trap steam effectively, perfect for braising recipes - sautee first and braising after.
Sautee the tempeh with garlic, ginger, finely chopped green onions, chilli peppers for a few minutes.
Next, add in your marinade sauce: dark soy, light soy, Shaoxing wine, rock sugar, honey, soy packet and water. For convenience, I like using Vietnamese spice for beef pho soy packs. You can purchase this at any Asian supermarket or online. Alternatively, you can use a five spice spice mix combination of Szechuan peppercorns, cloves, cumin, star anise and cinnamon.
Braise the tempeh at low heat for 30 minutes.
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!
I bet you can not just eat one bowl of rice with this vegan braised tempeh recipe!
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VEGAN TAIWANESE BRAISED “PORK BELLY” 天貝滷肉飯
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.
- 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
- 400g tempeh 天貝
- 4 stalks green onions, white part 蔥
- 5-6 garlic cloves 蒜頭
- 20g ginger 薑
- 1-2 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
- 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 鹽
- 2 tsp honey (vegan option use maple syrup) 蜂蜜 或素食用楓糖漿
- 500ml water 水
- Break up tempeh into pieces and cook tempeh in a medium pot of boiling water for ten minutes with ½ teaspoon salt to remove the bitterness.
- Remove tempeh from water and drain well.
- 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).
- In a separate bowl, mix marinade ingredients.
- Braise the tempeh at low heat for 30 minutes.
- 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!
- I bet you can not just eat one bowl of rice with this vegan braised tempeh recipe!
- 大火在鍋中, 用大蒜，姜，切碎的大蔥，辣椒，天貝，拌勻，炒幾分鐘。
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- Instead of combination of dark soy and light soy you can also use 4 tablespoon of Taiwanese soy sauce 醬油.
- In a small pot, melt rock sugar with a little bit of water.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 122
- Sugar: 10 g
- Sodium: 1813.8 mg
- Fat: 2.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 18.9 g
- Protein: 8.6 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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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Such great flavors! Yum!
Always love to try new vegan dishes. This was amazing
Thanks for your support!
I love new ideas from tempura, and I cannot wait to try this one!
It's a wonderful plant=based alternative!
The recipe to start veganuary right! So good.
lightspeed for Veganuary~
So delicious. I love pork belly and this recipe worked out so good. Thanks!
Andrea White says
The best! Love that it's vegan! It turned out delicious!
Such a delicious, flavoursome recipe - will make it again!
This braised pork belly was delicious. I made it and brought it to a family potluck and it was the first thing to go. Everyone was raving about it. Great recipe.
What a delicious vegan option on a classic dish!
Amazing flavors in this dish! Looking forward to trying my first tempeh dish!
Megan Ellam says
Honestly I think this is better than real pork belly. All the flavours without the "fatty" texture. tempeh is just the best. Thanks Nancy for another delicious recipe.
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says
I've yet to try tempeh but after seeing this recipe I really would like to make it!
Wow! I don't know that I can turn the fatty dish (pork belly) into a plant-based protein-rich vegan rice bowl. I can't wait to try this, I'm sure we will enjoy this yummy recipe! Thanks and Happy Holidays!:)
Daniel Ng says
I always love pork as part of my diet. Tempeh, on the other hand, is a must have dish as part of the meal in Indonesia.
tempeh is simple devine braised!
I love tempeh and this is such a delicious recipe paired with rice.
it's definitely a party inside with all the flavours!!
Kayla DiMaggio says
This pork belly was so moist and full of flavor! Everyone in the family loved it!
Thank you for this. I was tempted many times to eat Tempeh and then even tried once but ate it raw and really did not like it. Now I can try your method. Looking forward to it!