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Thinly Sliced Pork with Garlic Soy Paste Sauce (蒜泥白肉)

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Thinly Sliced Pork with Garlic Soy Paste Sauce (蒜泥白肉) is a very popular street food in Taiwan. It is available in many traditional food market stalls. It is super easy to make and there are 2 main components to this dish.

  • Thinly Sliced Shabu Shabu Pork. This is usually used for steam boats, the meat is super tender and all you need is to prepare a pot of boiling water and dip the pork meat into the hot water 3-4 times to cook. It will take no longer than 15 seconds to cook each pork slice.
  • Traditionally the sauce is made from fresh chopped garlic mixed with soy paste and sesame oil. For this recipe, we've created two different type of sauces. One traditional and another with a bit of heat.

Enjoy this simple recipe and you will love it!


To prepare the meat you can purchase a small piece of pork belly from your local butcher. To make it easy to cut into thin slice, freeze the meat overnight before you cut it into thin slice. Alternatively you can purchase the pre-sliced frozen pork used for steam boats.


Basic Sauce:  3 cloves of garlic

Add 3 tbs of soy paste  and 1tbs of sesame oil

Alternatively for people that don't mind a bit of heat and flavours of herbs.

- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 shallots
- small bunch of coriander

- 3 tbs of soy paste
- 1 tbs of sesame oil
- chilli oil to your liking

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