My Dad’s Taiwanese Pork Chops

I’ve been wanting to make this dish for a very long time.   My father often cooked these Taiwanese Pork Chops when I was a kid, and I would help him make them.  They are juicy, tender, and flavorful.  I couldn’t remember the recipe.   So I asked my Mom if she could show me.  And I got Abe to film a video of us.

My very favorite videos (all right, aside from the Disney ones) are in the kitchen with my family – remember a Chinese-American Christmas?  (So glad my mom has upgraded her apron since that one.)  I’m filled with warm fuzzies, just to be able to watch this whenever I want to remember my dad. And also to be able to share it with all of you.  Since Abe is a vegetarian, I’m not sure how often I’ll be making it at home.  So I’m happy it’s living on the internet!

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Taiwanese Pork Chops

Serving Size: 2-4 people

Pan Fried Pork Chops with Scallions and Broccoli


  • 4 large cloves of garlic
  • 7 stalks of scallions
  • 1 lb Pork Loin (Boneless Center Cut Chops)
  • 7 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil (or any other cooking oil that can withstand high heat)
  • 2 heads broccoli and stems


  1. Mince the garlic and scallions; set them aside on a plate.
  2. Cut the pork to about 1/4 inch thickness. Pound thin with a mallet on both sides. Use your hands to combine the meat with 4 tablespoons of the soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, and pepper. WASH YOUR PORKY HANDS. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Preheat the olive oil over high heat. When the pan is hot, add each pork piece in a single layer (you gotta keep 'em separated). Let the meat cook for 2 minutes, until lightly browned, then flip over. Add garlic and scallions, and the remaining 3 tablespoons of soy sauce. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover with a lid for an additional minute, then turn the heat off.
  4. Meanwhile, chop/wash the broccoli into large spears. Remove the pork from the pan, keeping all the yummy, leftover juices in the pan. Turn the stove back on high and stir fry the broccoli in that pork sauce, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Cover for 1 minute, and plate the broccoli. Add the cooked pork on top, and enjoy with rice or a steamed scallion bun.

Video: I Miss My Dad and His Pork Chops


22 thoughts on “My Dad’s Taiwanese Pork Chops

  1. Courtney of Savor Good

    looks delicious. love the sweet moment of remembering your dad. would love to see more videos of you and your mama cooking Chinese food together. p.s. did Abe eat some of the broccoli off camera? do you and your mom usually prep raw meat + non meat items (garlic, scallions, veggies etc) on the same cutting board?

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      Thanks, Courtney! When my mom is cooking something for Abe, she’ll use a separate/washed cutting board. I think. To be honest, I don’t know!

  2. Joyce

    What a lovely video, and a different take on pork. Yes, I would like to see more videos with your mom cooking!

  3. Trouble Jones

    You look so beautiful in this video!! Who wants porky hands?? Do you think I could make this without the scallions and it would still retain it’s yumminess?

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      Thank you! Yes you can definitely do it without the scallions but then it wouldn’t be like my Dad’s – it’s essential! My hair and makeup were professionally done by Giada de Laurentiis’ makeup artist (from the Cooking Channel shoot).

  4. Judith

    OH MY GOSH, this was absolutely FANTASTIC!! And not just because I love seeing my friend Theresa! I think it should be the pilot for a Food Network series!!! It would be a big hit!!!!! If I weren’t a vegetarian, I’d be cooking this dish tonight! And speaking of that… either of you ever do vegetarian meals? THANK YOU for this wonderful video…..MORE PLEASE!!!!!!!

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      We’re definitely trying! We do make vegetarian dishes, since I’m married to one. Stay tuned for more!

    2. Kathryn Caswell

      Hey loved seeing you both cook together! I worked with your Mom and lived in HP! Love to see more of you two!

  5. Lez

    Okay, so I made this with chicken (I’m SORRY, Lynn!!) and it was FABULOUS! This dish is so simple and quick that I’ll be adding this to my dinner rotation as well! <3

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      Woo! I’m so glad you liked it and that it works great with chicken too!

  6. monica

    your presentation is so beautiful,of course partly because of the good looks of you two.We had the taiwanese porkchops for lunch and if was special.I think the addtion of sesame oil in the marinade is ingenious. I am broadcasting your site.

  7. natalia20041989

    Oh yum, I love pork chops, but i’ve nerver tried taiwanese style pork chops, must be delicious:)

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