Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai

Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai, also known as “Preserved Vegetable Steamed Pork,” is a cherished zi char classic celebrated for its comforting flavors and homely appeal. This dish features finely minced pork, combined with flavorful Dong Cai (preserved mustard greens), and expertly steamed to create a savory and tender medley. The melding of the umami-rich pork with the slightly tangy and salty notes of Dong Cai creates a harmonious and satisfying combination that pays homage to traditional home-cooked flavors. Loved for its simplicity and heartwarming taste, Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai has secured its place as a well-liked zi char favorite, offering a taste of nostalgia and a delightful fusion of textures that continues to entice diners. 

Why People Like Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai:

The popularity of Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai lies in its simplicity and delicious taste. The combination of the tender minced pork with the savoury and slightly sweet flavour of Dong Cai creates a unique taste that is hard to resist. Additionally, the dish is easy to prepare and can be made in a short amount of time, making it a convenient option for busy households. 

What You Need For Your Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai:

Making Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 500g minced pork 
  • 100g Dong Cai (preserved vegetable)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spring onions (optional)

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai

Step 1

Soak the Dong Cai in warm water for 5 minutes to soften it. Once it is soft, rinse it under running water to remove any excess saltiness. Cut the Dong Cai into small pieces and set aside.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, combine the minced pork with soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and white pepper. Mix well and add in cornstarch and water to bind the mixture together.

Step 3

Add in the softened Dong Cai, minced garlic, and chopped chilli (if using) to the mixture. Mix everything together until well combined.

Step 4

Transfer the mixture into a heatproof plate and spread it out evenly.

Step 5

Steam the plate over high heat for 20 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.

Step 6

Once it is done, sprinkle chopped spring onions (if using) on top of the pork and serve hot with steamed rice.

Serving Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai with Other Dishes 

Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai is traditionally served with steamed rice, but it can also be enjoyed with other dishes. It pairs well with vegetables, such as stir-fried bok choy or broccoli, or with a simple soup, such as egg drop soup or hot and sour soup. For a more substantial meal, it can be served with other meat dishes, such as roasted duck or char siu (Chinese barbecued pork)

Nutritional/Health Benefits 

  1. Complete Protein: Minced pork is a source of complete protein, providing all essential amino acids necessary for muscle growth, immune support, and overall bodily functions. 
  2. Dong Cai Nutrients: Dong Cai, or preserved mustard greens, can contribute vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin K, and dietary fiber, which support vision, bone health, and digestion. 
  3. Umami Flavor: The combination of minced pork and Dong Cai creates a rich umami flavor profile that can enhance overall meal satisfaction. 
  4. Balanced Meal Component: When served with a variety of vegetables and perhaps some steamed rice, Steam Minced Pork with Dong Cai can be part of a balanced meal that provides a combination of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. 
  5. Low Carbohydrate: The dish is generally low in carbohydrates, which can be suitable for individuals aiming to manage their carb intake. 
  6. B Vitamins: Minced pork offers B vitamins like thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), and niacin (B3), which are important for energy metabolism and nervous system health. 
  7. Mineral Content: Both minced pork and Dong Cai contain minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium, which play roles in oxygen transport, immune function, and electrolyte balance. 
  8. Steaming Method: The steaming cooking method helps retain the nutrients of the ingredients and requires little to no added fats, making it a healthier option compared to frying. 
  9. Traditional Comfort: This dish’s simple yet comforting flavors evoke a sense of nostalgia and tradition, resonating with the familiar tastes of home-cooked meals.

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The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

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