Five-spice pork over rice

 

Six. That’s how many phone calls it took to extract this recipe from my parents.

Five-spice pork over rice (or Lu Rou Fan) is a classic and popular¬†Taiwanese dish. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve learned the Lu Rou Fan I’ve always known is actually pretty¬†unique to our family. I like to say that it’s ‘fully-loaded’. On this cold winter’s night, I’m attempting to re-create this warm and savory dish with the help of my parents who are just a quick phone call away. Of course one quick phone call quickly spiraled into many as I tried to make sense of their piece-meal instructions:

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