Pork and Cabbage in Black Bean Sauce

Pork and Cabbage in Black Bean Sauce

Several weeks ago we invited one of our close friend and his family at home to have dinner. That dinner was one day after our bad charter fishing, it was not a good fishing day, it was rainy and the ocean is uncooperative leaving almost everyone with no catch and sick. Luckily I was one of the ones with the catch but I only got one snapper, it was of a good size roughly around 2 kilos so it’s good enough to share and enjoy our prize. With the snapper I made this dish called Moqueca de Piexe but that’s feels like it’s not enough so I have to make another dish to accompany it, looking at the fridge it was nearly empty as I thought I will be catching more than one fish like any other years where I maxed out the limit of snappers so no weekend grocery happened. What I only have that time was cabbage and pork belly which I guess you know is nearly a staple at home, it looks like I can’t make anything delicious out of it so I looked further and see what can give it flavour and excitement, then I found some dried chillies and fermented black beans, now that can make a gorgeous stir fry. That stir fry is this post, another impromptu creation, a very flavourful dish that I am proud to share to you guys.


500g pork belly, whole block
1/2 head cabbage, sliced
3 stalks spring onions, chopped
1/2 thumb sized ginger, finely sliced
8 pcs dried chillies
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch, diluted in 1/4 cup water
2 tbsp fermented black beans, pounded and roughly chopped
2 cups water


  1. In a small pot add pork and water, bring it to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove pork from pot, let it cool then slice thinly. Set it aside.
  3. In a wok add oil then stir fry pork together with garlic, chillies and ginger in high heat, cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add fermented black beans and cabbage, stir fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce, 1/2 cup of water from boiled pork and cornstarch mixture. Bring it to a boil, season with salt, turn off heat then serve.


27 Responses

  1. lovely creation! i’ve used black beans in a number of dishes but never with cabbage…thanks for sharing!

    bet this is delicious not to mention the usage of prok belly!

  2. nors says:

    pre, parang natikman ko yan…yan ba yung katerno ng snapper….sarap!!

  3. kiwidutch says:

    This dish is right up my alley! it looks fabulous! and what an excellent combination of ingredients and flavours! .. saving yet another of your recipes!

  4. Pork belly and black bean sauce. Yum! Both are my favorite! I love your square dish – I don’t have a good bowl like this and this is nice!

  5. Brittany says:

    Cabbage is a no-no for me at the moment, but I absolutely love pork and asian style dishes in general! Looks fabulous.

  6. Its delish and I will enjoy with some white rice, like that sauce the pork belly is swimming inside.

  7. Felicia says:

    This sounds like a fun dish–hearty and easy, with great flavors. I love your idea of using both black beans and chiles; it sounds like a great combo!

  8. Judy says:

    That is a great photo. I love it when I discover a new dish trying to use what I have–it’s a great adventure 🙂

  9. This sounds so tasty!
    🙂 Mandy

  10. Kristy says:

    Beautiful as always Raymund. These look like delicious flavors. I’d be curious to see how you prepared the snapper too. We love snapper. 🙂

  11. Matt @ FaveDiets says:

    This looks delicious! I would love if you shared this in my vegetable recipes Blog Hop. Enter it for a chance at a Starbucks prize package! http://bit.ly/sg4tTf

  12. Pork. Cabbage. Raymund, you mind-reader you! 😉

  13. This must taste so good. Black bean sauce always sparks the flavor almost any dish. Thank you, Raymund!

    ~ ray ~

  14. Betty says:

    If only I could pull together something that looks that good from my refrigerator! I love the black bean sauce with pork. 🙂

  15. crustabakes says:

    I love it when a dish comes together from something random from the fridge. This looks delicious and it helped clear out the fride too!

  16. ceciliag says:

    this is great.. this is going to look SO good on my table.. c

  17. This is a unique combination, never seen them together. Sorry to hear about the fishing trip. I used to go fishing very often in NZ, I understand what you mean. Sometimes it ends up being fish feeding trips

  18. That’s it! I need to find a good place for pork belly. Your dishes make me jealous.

  19. I need to find the black beans in my supermarket. You’d think it’d be easy (ier) to find here maybe I am just not looking in the right place. Looks delicious and can’t wait to try this (along with your other black bean recipes). And you have my vote for this on the Starbucks comp – good luck !!

  20. anything with black beans is always good in my opinion..

  21. foodjaunts says:

    So you left the chilies as is and then stir-fried them? Thanks for the new technique! I’ve never thought to use them that way. I think your thrown together stir fry sounds amazing – I love when dishes turn out well and you’ve just thrown them together

  22. rsmacaalay says:

    Thanks for all who voted this one! I won the competition.

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