Puerto Rican Chinese-style Saucijzenbroodjes


Puerto Rican Chinese-style Saucijzenbroodjes

Savory Fusion Delight: Puerto Rican Chinese-style Saucijzenbroodjes

Indulge in the unique fusion of Puerto Rican and Chinese flavors with this delectable recipe for Puerto Rican Chinese-style Saucijzenbroodjes. This dish combines the traditional Dutch saucijzenbroodjes with the vibrant spices and ingredients of Puerto Rican and Chinese cuisines, resulting in a mouthwatering treat that will satisfy your taste buds.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

25 minutes

45 minutes

4 servings


Omnivore, Low-carb (if using low-carb puff pastry), Dairy-free (if using dairy-free puff pastry), Nut-free, Sugar-free

Wheat (if using regular puff pastry), Egg

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Paleo, Keto


In this Puerto Rican Chinese adaptation of saucijzenbroodjes, we incorporate Puerto Rican and Chinese flavors to create a unique fusion dish. The original Dutch saucijzenbroodjes typically use a mixture of ground beef and pork, but we replace the beef with ground pork to align with the Puerto Rican culinary tradition. Additionally, we enhance the flavor profile by adding Chinese five-spice powder and soy sauce, giving the dish a delightful twist. We alse have the original recipe for Saucijzenbroodjes, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 450 kcal / 1884 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 30g, 10g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 25g, 1g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. 2.
    In a mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, Chinese five-spice powder, sofrito, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  3. 3.
    Roll out the puff pastry sheets and cut them into rectangles of approximately 10x15cm (4x6 inches).
  4. 4.
    Spoon a generous amount of the pork mixture onto one half of each pastry rectangle, leaving a small border around the edges.
  5. 5.
    Fold the other half of the pastry over the filling and press the edges together to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges for a decorative touch.
  6. 6.
    Place the saucijzenbroodjes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops with the beaten egg for a golden finish.
  7. 7.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and crispy.
  8. 8.
    Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Ground pork — Make sure to use lean ground pork for a healthier option. If you prefer a richer flavor, you can use a combination of ground pork and ground beef.
  • Chinese five-spice powder — If you don't have Chinese five-spice powder, you can make your own by combining equal parts ground cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra kick of flavor, you can add a dash of hot sauce or chili flakes to the pork mixture.
  • Serve the saucijzenbroodjes warm with a side of sweet chili sauce or soy sauce for dipping.
  • If you prefer a vegetarian version, you can substitute the ground pork with a mixture of mushrooms and tofu, seasoned with soy sauce and Chinese five-spice powder.
  • Experiment with different fillings by adding diced vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, or onions to the pork mixture.
  • To save time, you can prepare the filling in advance and refrigerate it until ready to use.

Serving advice

Serve the Puerto Rican Chinese-style Saucijzenbroodjes warm as a snack or appetizer. They are also great for a quick lunch or dinner when paired with a fresh salad or steamed vegetables.

Presentation advice

Arrange the saucijzenbroodjes on a platter or serving tray, and garnish with a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro or green onions for a pop of color. Serve them alongside a small bowl of sweet chili sauce or soy sauce for dipping.