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Chinese Style Baked Beans

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Summer is almost here.  Ah summer!  Summer conjures up thoughts of BBQ’ing.  AND baseball!  Hmm, baseball?  Gotta have hotdogs!  What goes with hotdogs?  Baked Beans!  But wait!  Isn’t this a blog about Chinese food?  Yes!  Ok, better make them Chinese style baked beans!  Ahh, that’s better now!  What?  You never heard of Chinese style baked beans?  Well then, you must read this article by Edith Parker of “No Meal No Health (Cooking & Healthy Food)”.

Craving for your favorite baked beans? No need to order! This article will teach you an easy Chinese-style baked beans recipe that you will love!

Everything You Need to Know on How to Make Chinese Style Baked Beans with Pork is Right Here!

Do you love baked beans? Do you spend lots of money on Chinese take-out just to have a taste of your favorite Chinese-style baked beans every night? Well, isn’t it wiser if you will learn how to whip up the most amazing Chinese-style baked beans right at the comforts of your home?

In this way, you will not have to wait for the delivery guy, and you can have access to your favorite dish anytime you want! Plus, you do not have to worry about the judgment you get from the operator for ordering the same thing every single night!

But as we all know, achieving an authentic Chinese style taste is not that easy. Lucky for you, I have already done my research, and I would like to share with you the fruit of my efforts. So if you are ready, read on!

What You Will Need

For the baked beans:

The amount of ingredients indicated in this list will yield 10-12 servings of baked beans.

  • 1 pound of dried navy beans
  • 8 cups of water
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 small onion (chopped)

You can use canned baked beans for this, but I believe that baking your own beans is a healthier option and it also allows you to customize the taste of the beans to suit your preference.

For the Chinese Style Minced Pork:

The amount of ingredients indicated in the list will yield about 6 servings only.

The Marinade:

  • 300 grams minced pork
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon of Chinese five spice
  • The Pork and Beans Casserole:
  • 1 medium-sized carrot (chopped)
  • 1 stick of celery (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 onions (diced)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 red chili (chopped finely)
  • 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar
  • 1 piece bay leaf
  • 3 ginger slices
  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 whole star anise
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can of water (use the can of tomatoes to measure the water)
  • Spring onions or coriander for garnish

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make Chinese Style Baked Beans with Pork

Are you ready to learn how to cook an authentic Chinese style baked beans? Read on!

Part I. Making The Baked Beans from Scratch:

Step 1. Soften the beans.


Place the beans in a colander and rinse it under cold running water. Use your hands to sort through the beans to remove any unwanted items. Place washed beans in a large Dutch oven. Add 8 cups of water. Cover then let it soak overnight. Discard the soaking liquid.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have the time, you can boil the beans instead of soaking them. After adding 8 cups of water, place the beans over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the beans from heat, cover and let it cool for 1 hour. Discard water afterwards.

Step 2. Cook the beans.

After rinsing, return the beans to the Dutch oven. Add in 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat. Simmer for 1 ½ hours or until the beans are tender. Stir it from time to time. Drain the beans and set the liquid aside.

Step 3. Bake the beans.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, mix the maple syrup, ketchup, brown sugar, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, and chili powder. Set it aside. Pour the beans into a casserole dish. Stir in the resulting mixture and chopped onion.

Add enough amount of the soaking liquid to cover the beans by ¼ inch. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 200 degrees Fahrenheit then cook for 6 hours more. Stir the beans after 3 hours of cooking.

Pro Tip: You can store excess baked beans in the refrigerator (where they can last for 5 days) or place them in sealer bags and freeze them. In this way, you will only have to defrost and reheat the baked beans when you wish to prepare this recipe again!

Part II. Marinating the Pork

Mix all the marinade ingredients. Soak the minced pork in it and allow it to marinade for a couple of hours.

Part III. Preparing the Chinese Style Baked Beans with Pork Casserole

Step 1. Fry the vegetables then the pork.


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Add cooking oil in a saucepan. Stir in onions, celery, garlic, chili, carrots, and ginger. Add a pinch of salt and fry for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, push the vegetables to one side of the pan. Add the minced pork on the free space in the pan. Do not move around the pork too much. Let it be for a minute or so then flip to the other side.

Step 2. Add in the beans.

Once the pork is already browned, stir it with the veggies. Add the tomatoes, water, baked beans, bay leaf and star anise. Add all sauces and black pepper to taste. Stir it well, bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Stir it twice during the simmering process.

Step 3. Serve.

Baked Beans with Pork

Before serving, remove the star anise, ginger slices and bay leaf from the mixture. Garnish with coriander or spring onions on top. Serve over rice.


Did you enjoy our simple tutorial? We hope you do!

Knowing how to cook an authentic Chinese-style baked beans with pork is a recipe is a must for beans and Chinese food lovers out there. Not only will it help you save money— but it can also allow you to customize the taste according to your preference.

If you have any comments or suggestions, share them in the comments section! I would love to hear from you!

Author Bio:

Edith-ParkerHi, My name is Edith Parker. I am a wife and mother of three with almost 8 years of cooking wholesome, healthy, and balanced meals for my family. I would love to write articles about cooking and healthy food.

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One comment

  1. I don’t always like baked beans. But when I do, I’m going to eat them Chinese style from this day forward!!

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