Monday, August 15, 2011

Yau Yee Cheng Chee Yoke/Steamed Ground Pork With Dried Squid

This dish is without a doubt in any MOM's repertoire, asian moms that is.  Steaming ground pork and adding whatever to enhance the ground pork has been cooked and served since time immemorial.  This  was classified as homecooking but no more, it has appeared in the menu of chinese restaurants and has no dimarcation, the rich, poor, young or old, at some point of their lives must have encountered tasting this dish.  Busy MOMs love cooking this dish as it takes a very short time to prepare especially nowadays when pork comes already ground and there is no need to start a steamer to steam, just leave the uncooked prepared dish on top of the rice while it is on its last stage of cooking.


1/2 lb ground pork
1 piece dried squid - soaked
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp shaaxing wine
1 tsp tapioca starch/cornstarch
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp chicken granules/a pinch of msg
1 tbsp oil (if ground pork is too lean)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp ginger - julienne thinly


Grease a shallow dish which can fit into your rice cooker.

Chop the reconstituted squid into fine pieces and  mix it with all the other ingredients except the ginger. 

Knead the ingredients well and pat it down.  Top with the julienned ginger.

Before the rice cooker function turns to 'warm', put prepared dish on top of rice, close rice cooker lid and allow to cook.  Do not open rice cooker lid until you are ready to serve dinner.

Serve hot.


Rebecca Lee said...

Thanks Lily, I love to go thru your blog as you helped us to realize that some dishes we may have forgotten. Of course at the same time learn more dishes from you.

I did not add in shaaxing wine, that's a good idea as the wine will get rid of any fishy smell and add aroma.That dish will be served dinner tonight !!

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

hi, i tried making this dish but with the tung chai. The steamed pork came out quite hard... i am not sure where i went wrong... if you could give some pointers, that would be great. thank you!

lilyng said...


when pork is too lean, it will be hard. Add a little bit more oil and add a couple tsps of water. Do not add too much tapioca/cornstarch otherwise it will be too dry.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lily for your advice! I will try it again! This is one of my fave food! :)

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