Vietnamese food is such a vibrant cuisine. It is one of my favourites. It is homey and comfortable; yet, it can be so complex. Sometimes, it is hard to think outside of a bowl of pho noodles. Kim Thuy’s cookbook Secrets of my Vietnamese Kitchen […]
Acknowledgement Excerpted from Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many Mothers by Kim Thuy. Copyright © 2017 Editions Libre Expression. Translated from the French by Sheila Fischman. Recipes translated by Marie Asselin. Appetite by Random House edition published in 2019. […]
This caramelized pork dish is perfect served over a snowy bowl of jasmine rice. The Stir-fry chunks of pork belly, chilli and green onions in the wok makes it very aromatic. For a lighter though no less delicious alternative, consider lean pork tenderloin instead. And also, keep a bottle of xo chilli sauce nearby. This Caramel Pork Recipe comes from Kim Thuy’s newest cookbook, Secrets From My Vietnamese Kitchen.
This sticky-sweet pork dish is easy to mark and goes great with rice, noodles, banh mi sub sandwiches and basically anything!
- 5 Tbsp (60 g) sugar
- 3 Tbsp (45 mL) water, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, minced
- 1/4 lb (110 g) pork belly (rind on), cut into 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick slices
- 1 lb (454 g) pork loin, cut into strips
- 1 bird’s eye chili, minced Freshly ground black pepper 3 Tbsp (45 mL) fish sauce
- 2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped Fresh cilantro leaves
- Combine the sugar and 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of the water in a stockpot. Set over medium heat and boil until the sugar turns into a deep amber caramel.
- Increase heat to medium-high, then add the garlic, onions, and pork belly. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.
- Add the pork loin strips and bird’s eye chili, then generously season with black pepper. Stir well to coat all the ingredients with caramel.
- Add the remaining water and the fish sauce, and keep cooking, stirring frequently, until the sauce has a slightly syrupy texture.
- Serve immediately, garnished with the green onions and cilantro.
The best sidekicks to this dish are a few slices of cucumber or pieces of blanched cabbage.
Keywords: Vietnamese Caramel Pork Stir Fry, Vietnamese Cuisine, Viet Food, Saigon, THE TRAM, secrets from my vietnamese kitchen
Excerpted from Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many Mothers by Kim Thuy. Copyright © 2017 Editions Libre Expression. Translated from the French by Sheila Fischman. Recipes translated by Marie Asselin. Appetite by Random House edition published in 2019. Food Photography by Sarah Scott. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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Anh and Chi
Cuisine: Vietnamese, Noodles
Mon 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 3:00 pm,
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
3388 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3M7
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- Grilled beef wrap (Bun Bo Xao)
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Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Mr Red Cafe
Cuisine: Vietnamese, Pho
Mon 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
2680 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G5
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Pate Chaud 6: Pork, wood-ear mushroom, shitake. Served with dijon mustard and homemade onion jam and fresh baked bread. We loved the flavorful pate and onion jam we had to ask for seconds. It was a good start to the meal.
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Linh Cafe Vancouver
Cuisine: French, Vietnamese
Wed 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 9:30 pmm
2836 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R2