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Taucheo Pork

taucheo pork

taucheo pork

Taucheo is soy bean paste which is popular ingredient in Chinese cooking, and a staple in my pantry. I love my mother‘s taucheo chilli sauce – a simple recipe made of only 3 ingredients namely taucheo, chilli padi and garlic.

See Also: Stir-fry Pork with Ginger & Scallions

My mother’s specialities using this taucheo chilli paste include steamed flower crabs and claypot yong tau foo. I have a theory that anything cooked in this taucheo chilli paste will be delicious and I used this sauce for cooking a dish which I am very familiar with: stir-fried pork with ginger and scallions. The result was so good, with the perfect balance of savouriness and spiciness, that spicy taucheo pork (豆酱猪肉) has now become a regular dish on our dinner table.

Stir-fry Taucheo Pork Recipe

Taucheo (豆酱) is a preserved soy bean paste popularly used in Chinese cooking. Its saltiness and aroma perks up many Chinese savoury dishes.


  • 8 garlic cloves peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3 chilli padi to taste; sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp taucheo (soy bean paste/ 豆酱)
  • 200 grams pork fillet tenderloin cut preferred, sliced thinly and diagonally (against the grain)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 slices ginger sliced thinly
  • 3 stalks spring onions cut to 5 cm length
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp Shaoxing wine


  1. Using an electric blender, first grind the garlic and chilli until finely chopped. Add in taucheo and blend until a paste is formed. Alternatively, use a mortar and pestle.
  2. Marinade sliced pork with sesame oil for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in wok. Stir fry taucheo paste prepared in step 1 until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add ginger and stir fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pork slices and stir until the surface is cooked. Half way though stir-frying, add spring onions.
  5. Add water, dark soy sauce and Chinese wine. Once the sauce comes to a simmer, turn off the heat. Serve with steamed rice.

Noob Cook Tip

Tip from my mum: When grinding the taucheo chilli paste, the garlic and chilli are added to the blender first. Add the taucheo only after the garlic and chilli become finely chopped. This is because the sticky taucheo will prevent the garlic and chilli from being grinded if everything is added in the blender at the same time.

13 comments on “Taucheo Pork”

  1. I don’t eat pork. Can I change to pork to chicken or beef with the same ingredient?

  2. Hi Nasa – Yes you can change to chicken or beef. For chicken, you can cut to bite-sized pieces like in my ginger scallions chicken recipe http://noobcook.com/ginger-scallion-chicken/

  3. Hmm..look delicious..can’t hardly wait to try cook it..

  4. i can have a lot of rice to go with this dish, yummy!

  5. I cook fish in this sauce. Also, bean curd can be cooked in this way too…taste so good!

  6. hi,
    may i know what frying wok r u using? Happycall frying wok? is it heavy?

    • Hi alice, sorry for my late reply, I missed your comment. Yes, I am using a 28cm Happycall wok pan. Personally I love it lots! I bought it from q10/Gmart – do beware of fakes or those who sell lower but do not include lid. trusted sellers include Smart Green Style (whom I bought from) and MIKE. the wok and the lid is about 1kg each (a good weight to me – not too heavy, not too light).

  7. I would enjoy this with plain rice or porridge. I can eat this type of dish everyday, seriously.

  8. Wow. That looks wonderful, quite easy to prepare and just the sort of thing that we enjoy. I can feel the zing just looking at your pictures. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. I thought i knew what this dish was when I saw the picture but I hesitated a little bit because I didn’t know what taucheo is haha. Since I grew up in Sichuan I use chilip bean paste in a lot of my dishes. The pork dish reminds me of the similar dish that my grandmother use to cook using her homemade bean paste…definitely a rice killer dish! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  10. Hi NoobCook, may i know which brand of Taucheo are u using?
    I have bought a few and didn’t really like the taste…some are quite salty too.

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