Taiwanese cooking

How to make crispy pork 炸豬油粕ㄚTaiwanese snack


Here is a great snack for you – crispy pork 炸豬油粕ㄚ. We like to eat this either as a starter or with rice and some vegetables on the side it can make a perfectly good main course.

Crispy pork, ready to eat
Crispy pork, ready to eat

I remember eating this as a child. My mum used to buy pig fat to make oil for cooking other things like stir fries. So lots of belly pork was cooked and the pieces weren’t required – but we liked to eat them as a treat!

Here are the simple ingredients:

  • 500g belly pork
  • ginger, garlic, spring onion, basil, sugar,
  • white, black & chilli pepper,
  • 5-spice,
  • thick soy sauce

For the method have a look at the video below, it’s very simple. Most of your time will be spent in the chop[ping up of your pork!

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Taiwanese fruit and vegetables

Over 1,000 bananas on one banana palm tree

Here’s an amazing picture from my uncle’s garden. I’m sure many of you have seen bananas growing before when you visit a tropical country – but normally you can see a few bunches perhaps numbered in the tens.

Uncle's banana palm tree
Uncle’s banana palm tree

The photo above is from my uncle’s garden showing a banana palm tree he has which literally bears 1,000s of bananas. I’ve lived in Taiwan many years and been to other countries where they grow bananas like Cyprus and Madeira – however I’ve never seen anything like this!

In the picture the lower bananas are quite short and stubby, but some people like them this way. I’ll ask my uncle to send me an updated picture when/if he has time and more bananas are ripe.

Have you ever seen a banana palm tree like this? If you have any pictures of bigger bunches of bananas please link or share them below.