Apr 15, 2008

Pork with Red Yeast Rice Spice 紅糟肉

Today I'm using this red yeast rice spice to cook my pork-

What is red yeast rice spice?
Here's what I found on the almighty Wikipedia,
It's very similar to red yeast rice spice,
Instead of the actual rice grains, the spice one has a texture similar to marinara sauce.

1.5 lbs of pork tenderloin (cubed)
6 garlic cloves (peeled)
2 tablespoons of red yeast rice spice
1 tablespoons of soy sauce
Extra virgin olive oil or peanut oil


Prepare a pot of water first, bring to a boil,
Toss in the cubed pork and cook till the water is boiling again,
Drain it and set aside.
This step is for "cleaning" the pork,
You can see some yellow things floating on the top and possibly blood coming out from the pork during this process,
Feel free to add 1 stalk of scallion in the water if desired.

Drizzle some oil in the pan and toss in the garlic cloves,
When the garlic turned slightly brown on the sides, pour back the drained pork cubes,
Stir-fry it till the pork edges turned golden brown.

Time to pour some water in,
Not too much water, just enough to cover all the meat, but don't "drown" them,
Don't forget to add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce,
Some red yeast rice spice tend to get saltier after cooking for a period of time,
So be sure to taste it before adding more soy sauce,
Sometimes I don't even add any soy sauce in it,
The aroma from alcohol is good enough for me.
Keep cooking till the sauce is reduced by at least half of the amount,

What are you waiting for?
It's time to eat!

*Served with rice or dry noodles.

Cindy's Rating: 7


  1. They sure like to use a lot of 紅糟 here in Taiwan :)
    I have not tried it in my cooking though. Now I'm thinking of any eateries nearby that serve this dish - I will go try it! :P

  2. my sous chef is a big fan of this...always uses it for steamed chicken ^_^

  3. To Tigerfish~
    They used to sell 紅糟 in the Chinese market here (CA),
    Somehow I couldn't find it anymore.
    Luckily, I accidently ran into a jar of 紅糟 when I went back to Taiwan.
    Endless suply of 紅糟 in my fridge, oh yeah!

    To mochachocolata rita~
    Steamed chicken, mmmm I should give that a try sometime!

  4. wow that looks super good. I love spicy!

  5. Oh that red yeast rice spice looks mean. I never heard of it before.
    Very interesting!

  6. To Zen Chef~
    If you really want it,
    If I ever find another jar here,
    I'll fly the spice over for you!

  7. wow....that looks sooo delicious.
    I want to rice now to go with it.

  8. To Mrs. The Point~
    Hey long time no see,
    Is it still cold up there?

  9. Will you come with the jar? ;-)

  10. To Zen Chef~
    Haha the shipping fee will go way higher due to heavy weights!

  11. This is my kind of post. It contains a funky ingredient and a Wikipedia reference! I love it!

  12. To Stef~
    Ha ha thanks!
    I'm try to keep up the "good work!"