Chinese Pork Adobo (or Tau Yew Bah) is a Chinese dish that is a staple at my house. It is so popular amongst the Chinese that each household has its own way of cooking it. I learned mine from my mother-in-law, who was a good cook. Pork belly is the common pork part that is being used in this dish. I opted for the shoulder butt because it has less fat and therefore, healthier. Tau Yew Bah is a dish where pork pieces are braised in soy sauce. My mother-in-law’s version of this dish is to sauté the garlic and brown sugar first. The pork pieces are then added, browned, flavored with soy sauce, simmered in water and cooked for an hour. Hard boiled eggs are then added afterwards. The result is a pork dish that is so tender, flavorful and delicious. My family enjoys this dish with steamed rice but my favorite way of eating Tau Yew Bah is with pan de sal (Filipino bread roll). Enjoy!
Chinese Pork Adobo (Tau Yew Bah)
- 2 lbs . pork shoulder butt cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 ½ cups water or more as needed
- Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium high heat. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute or until lightly brown.
- Add brown sugar; sauté for 30 seconds. Add pork pieces; cook for 3 minutes or until meats are no longer pink.
- Add soy sauce; stir and cook for 1 minute and then add water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 1 hour or until pork is tender. Add more water as needed. (I added ½ cup water each time mixture runs out of sauce)
- Add oyster sauce and hard boiled eggs and gently stir. Adjust seasonings and simmer for 1 more minute. Transfer to a plate.
- Serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!
Hi! Can i ask what brand of soy sauce do you use for this recipe? 🙂
I used Yamasa brand of soy sauce in making this Chinese pork adobo. You may use other brand and this dish will taste great too! Take care!
Hi, Can you do this in instant pot?
Yes, you can use an instant pot to make this Chinese pork adobo recipe. You may consider the following steps;
1. Use the “Saute” function for steps 1, 2 and part of step 3 where you add the soy sauce and letting it cook for 1 minutes.
2. Add 1/3 cup water and then use the “Pressure Cooker (high)” function and set the timer to 10 minutes.
3. Use the “Saute” function for step 4.
Hope these help!
How can I make this for a family of 10?
1.)To make this dish for 10 people, use the following amount of ingredients,
4 lbs of pork shoulder
3 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp brown sugar
5 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
8-10 hard-boiled eggs
enough water to cover the pork
2) Follow the same procedure
These ingredients are estimates, add more brown sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce, if needed.
I treid once and I nailed it, now I have my own version of Chinese pork adobo and my wife love it so much.
That’s great to hear!