Jumping in….with a pot of Lor Bak (Chinese Soy Braised Pork)

I’m doing it!! I’m finally doing it!! This thing that I’ve been putting off for weeks, months, years (!!) because I was too tired, lazy, scared, clueless. I’m finally doing it. It being starting a blog. This blog. My blog. *tiny yay*

Since I started this blog as a way of taking my cooking more seriously and I started cooking because I missed my grandma’s cooking, it really is only apt that my first post features one of her dishes.

Lor Bak

This dish is hearty and rich and will warm you to the core, perfect for the coming cold autumn nights. More importantly,it is ridiculously easy to make and tastes even more ridiculously delicious. 

Lor Bak


Lor Bak  卤肉 (Chinese Soy Braised Pork)

Adapted from House of Annie


  • 1 kg fatty pork (neck end)
  • 1 head garlic (broken into individual cloves)
  • 1 walnut sized piece of ginger
  • 2 Tbsp thick soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp Szechuan peppercorn
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, shelled


  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 2 to 3 cloves


  • Cut pork into large bite­-sized pieces and dump it into a claypot*.
  •  Add the garlic, ginger, thick soy sauce, light soy sauce, wine and peppercorn to pot and cover. If using, this is also where you throw in the cinnamon, star anise and cloves.
  • Turn heat on to high and as soon as the pot is hot, turn to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally to coat pork with soy sauce.
  • When pork is half done, about 20 mins in, add a bit of water if sauce is getting too dry. (I’ve never had to add any water)
  • Add sugar and taste. Add more if you prefer it sweeter.
  • Add the eggs. Cover and simmer for another 20 mins or until pork is tender and eggs have taken on the dark colour of the soy sauce.
  • Serve with steamed rice

*If you don’t have a claypot, fret not, a regular pot will do just fine.

12 thoughts on “Jumping in….with a pot of Lor Bak (Chinese Soy Braised Pork)

  1. Isn’t this really Tau Yew Bak? I could be mistaken, because of childhood associations of Loh Bak with the 5 spice pork roll. Both are good though, and your recipe is similar to my mum’s version 🙂

    Tau Yew Bak: – http://www.foodcanon.com/2011/03/auntie-rubys-tau-yew-bak.html
    Loh Bak:- http://rasamalaysia.com/loh-bak-recipe-five-spice-pork-roll/

    Btw congratulations on your blog’s first anniversary. My cheeky comment on this post is 1 year late! 😀


    1. No, you’re not mistaken. I think it is a matter of the different dialects. I’m not entirely sure myself but I believe the Hokkiens call this Tau Yew Bak and the Teochews call it Lor Bak. My Teochew grandmother calls it that anyway. I know the 5 spice pork rolls as Ngoh Hiang which doesn’t sound Teochew, come to think of it 😛 Makes sense though. 五香 = 5 spice.

      Thanks for stopping by! No comments are ever too late! Cheeky or not 😀


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