Taiwanese Pork & Rice Bowl – Lo Ba Bung

My boss has been making this dish for years. It is a filling dinner that is three things I love about weeknight meals. It’s quick, it’s cheap and everyone will eat it? It is called Lo Ba Bung, which is a Taiwanese Street Food. It has very few ingredients but all together it makes for a meal that is a perfect bite every time. I call it the Taiwanese Pork & Rice Bowl. I am eternally grateful to my boss for teaching it to me and letting me share it.

I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

Taiwanese, Asian, Ground Pork, Soy Sauce, Egg
Lo Ba Bung, Taiwanese Pork Rice Bowl with Marinated Eggs

Here is what you need:

  • 2 lbs of Ground Pork
  •  1 C of Soy Sauce (you can sub by using 1/2 C of Broth and 1/2 C Soy Sauce if you are concerned about sodium)
  • 4 Shallots, Minced
  • 2 hefty teaspoons of Chinese Five Spice Powder
  • 6 Hard Boiled Eggs, Peeled
  • 6 to 8 Dried Shitake Mushrooms, soaked in water (at least 1 Cup), reserve the water you soak the mushrooms in.
  • 4 C of Cooked White Rice

This dish can be prepared in about 20 minutes. Here is what you do.

  • Brown the shallots until they are a deep golden color.
  • Add your ground pork and cook until no longer pink.
  • Add your soy sauce and let the mixture simmer.
  • Add the 2 t of Chinese Five Spice
  • Rough chop the Shitake Mushrooms and add them and the water they soaked in to the pork.
  • Add the hard boiled eggs to the mixture.
  • Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring the eggs to turn them so each side soaks in the broth.
  • Serve the meat mixture over rice with an egg per bowl.

This recipe is so fragrant and comforting. I love making it year round. It is especially delicious on a busy day when you just don’t have time to cook. I keep the ingredients on hand at all times so I can make it in a pinch. The key to making this recipe perfect is to invest in some high quality soy sauce and some good quality rice.

I know you will love this unique and delicious recipe.


For another easy meal check out my recipe for Taco Pasta