Chinese pork in plum sauce served on a bed of jasmine rice,

Chinese Pork in Plum Sauce Recipe

55 Minutes
Serves: 2

A simple Chinese pork in plum sauce, pork tenderloin coated in five spice and cooked in a delicious plum sauce flavoured with anise, ginger, lemon, soy and honey. This delicious dish is serve with jasmine white rice,

Recipe Ingreds


  • 1 packet microwave white rice


  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1.5 tbsp chinese five spice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.5 fresh lemon juice
  • 250 grams pork tenderloin (fillet)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey


  • 300 grams plums
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • 125 ml water

Recipe with pictures Steps

How to make Chinese pork in plum sauce

  • cut the pork fillet into bite size pieces
  • place the pork in a bowl
  • add the Chinese five spice to the bowl
  • coat the pork with the five spice
  • season with salt and pepper
  • set a side

step 2

  • cut the plums in half and remove the stones

Step 3

  • peel and grate the ginger
  • Add together the sauce ingredients in a medium pan
  • Bring to the boil and then turn down
  • cook for 15 mins to 20 mins

Step 4

  • Remove the star anise
  • blend the sauce with a hand liquidiser
  • set a side

Step 5

  • place the pork in the frying pan with the oil and fry till golden brown
  • add the sauce to the frying pan
  • squeeze the lemon(s) .
  • add the soy, lemon juice and honey to the frying pan
  • place a lid on the pork and cook until the pork fillet is tender and fully coated in the sauce and sticky

Step 6

  • warm the precooked rice by following the instructions
  • place one serving of rice onto a plate

Step 7

  • place the pork on top of the rice

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 bowl
  • 2 chopping board
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 grater
  • 1 hand liquidiser
  • 2 large knife
  • 1 lemon squeezer
  • 1 medium pan

When to cook Chinese pork with plum sauce

This recipe is perfect all year round its quick to prepare but does take a while to cook so we would cook it on a weekend.

Who will love this recipe?

This dish is a bit rich and fruity for kids so I would recommend this for a meal for two, it would make a delicious dish for a romantic meal. It is cheap to cook so ideal if you are looking for a special dish on a budget.

Chinese dinner party main course

This dish is perfect for your Chinese dinner party, it goes well with Sichuan Chinese chicken wings for your starter and our Chinese pineapple fritters for the dessert

Flavour profile

The rich savoury flavour of the pork compliments the fruit flavours and the Chinese spices in the plum sauce all add extra flavour.

What to eat with Pork fillet in plum sauce?

We serve this delicious Chinese dish with white rice, but it also goes well with other side dishes we recommend crispy noodles or plain noodles as alternatives

What makes our Chinese pork the best?

Pork and plums are a fantastic sweet and savoury combination, what makes this meal extra special is the delicious spice mix of ginger, star anise, sugar. soy sauce, lemon and honey that flavours the delicious sauce. 

About the ingredients for pork in plum

pork - we use pork fillet for this recipe as it is low in fat so better for you than the traditional pork belly, it will still require a slow cook to ensure the meat is tender. 

plums - we use fresh plums for the sauce as they are less sweet than tinned 

Chinese five spice - is a delicious selection of spices that are used to flavour meat, it contains star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds

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