When I went to Formosa Chang in Taipei late last year, I bought one each of their pre-packed braised pork sauce and chicken sauce. As much as I wanted to try them once I got home from the trip, I told myself to be patient. So I chuck ’em at a corner in the fridge until the right time comes (=early this month).
According to the preparation method, you can heat the sauce in two ways:
1. In a rice cooker, add half cup of water. Add the unopened packet in the rice cooker and cook for about 10-15 minutes. Open the packet and serve warm.
2. Immerse the whole packet in a pot of boiling water and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Open the packet and serve warm.
I did not follow either methods because I don’t think it’s wise to heat the packet. What I did was I opened it and pour the sauce into a bowl and then steam it in a steamer for about 15 minutes.
The braised pork sauce is full of yumminess. The pork itself though was a let down. It smells porky but doesn’t have that meat-y texture. When I touch the striped pork with my fingers, they feel like jelly and would disintegrate easily. Super weird.
As a result, I prefer the chicken rice more. My mom and sis agreed with me. According to the printing at the back, one packet is good for 6-7 portions. Nah, it’s impossible. For us, one packet is good enough for 3 people. 🙂 At NT$165 (~RM20) a packet, I think it’s a pretty good deal.
So are these pre-packed sauce a good substitute when you’re having those ‘missing lu rou fan/ji rou fan’ days?
It’s useful to have a packet or two of these on hand but in my opinion nothing beats the real deal! In fact, I don’t mind flying to Taiwan just for them.
Have you tried these pre-packed sauce from Formosa Chang? What do you think?