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Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Recipes

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This stir-fry pork recipe is delicious served with rice. This page contains a Vietnamese caramelized pork recipe.


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December 13, 2010

I made this Vietnamese recipe last weekend for my wife and brother. They really liked it. The recipe is for Vietnamese Caramelized Pork. In Vietnam, we always eat this pork with rice. It's an easy recipe for you to make for your family.



Marinate 1 pound pork with sugar, salt, and caramelized coconut sauce. Let sit about 15 minutes.

Heat a pan on medium and add a tablespoon of cooking oil and the crushed garlic cloves to the pan. Heat and stir fry for 2 minute until the garlic turns a light brown, then add the meat.

After the meat has been cooking for about 2 minutes, add 1/3 cup of water,


Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste the sauce. If you would like it saltier, add a splash of fish sauce. If you would like it spicier, add 1/2 teaspoon of chili pepper flakes

Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes to let the sauce boil down. Remove from heat and place the meat on a serving dish. Add cilantro leaves on top and sprinkle with a dash with pepper, if you want.


Serve with rice and vegetables.

*Note: You can get caramelized coconut sauce from an Asian market, but if you do not want to go though the trouble of finding it, you can make your own caramel sauce by heating 2 Tbsp. sugar on medium. Once the sugar changes to a dark brown, add 1/4 cup water and remove from heat immediately.

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This a well known dish in Vietnamese culture. It is fantastic with rice!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 people


  • 2 lb pork shoulder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil


  1. Clean pork shoulder well and cut one inch pieces.
  2. Put a pan on low heat. Add sugar until melted. Add about 4 tablespoons of water and mix. It will be the caramelized sauce for the meat. Set aside.
  3. Put another pan on medium heat. Add garlic and pork pieces. Stir fry for 10 minutes.
  4. Put the meat into a pot and add the caramelized sauce. Add black pepper, salt, fish sauce, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes or until water has evaporated.
  5. Ready to plate. Add a dash of pepper on top if you would like. Perfect to serve with rice!
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September 19, 2019

The advent of the Instant Pot has helped to speed up the cooking time for numerous dishes. You can make a version of Vietnamese Thit Kho, pork and eggs, using your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Caramelized Pork and Eggs

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