Vietnamese caramel pork eggs recipe braised thit kho


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This thit kho trung recipe is my all-time favorite Vietnamese comfort food. Just imagine: incredibly tender slides-off-the-bone pork ribs braised in a savory & sweet umami coconut caramel sauce with boiled eggs served with rice and leafy greens. Delicious.

Simple, savory, và sweet, this dish is at the heart of classic Vietnamese family dinners.

If you are Vietnamese and grew up with Vietnamese cooking, chances are you"ve had/absolutely love thịt kho. Whenever my mom said we were having it for dinner, my eyes would light up with pure happiness. How can you resist the incredibly tender pork và boiled eggs swimming in a pool of sweet & savory slowly reduced coconut caramel sauce? I haven"t met a single person who"s had thịt kho and did not lượt thích it. If I did ever meet that person, I"d definitely question their tastebuds immediately. Because it is that good.

I know every family has their own version of thit kho trung and swear by it. But it would be a DISSERVICE for me to lớn have a food blog and not nội dung my mom"s incredible recipe. Traditionally, thịt kho is made with fatty pork belly & eggs, but for this recipe, I used pork ribs for a leaner & less fatty dish. If you are looking for more traditional Vietnamese dishes, check out my Bun Thit Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork Noodles), Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon), và Mi Xao Don (Crispy Noodle Stir Fry).

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Paired with rice and sauteed greens, this dish is perfect for easy weeknight meals or meal prepping.

What is Thịt Kho?

Thịt Kho is a popular Vietnamese dish that originated in South Vietnam. Thit Kho roughly translates khổng lồ braised meat. It is most commonly served during the Lunar New year & is a staple dish in most households.

The pork is caramelized in a bath of coconut water và is infused with a balance of sweet, salty, & umami flavors from the fish sauce, sugar, & garlic. The eggs địa chỉ a soft texture contrast. Serve thit kho trung with your favorite leafy green stir fry and you will have a balanced meal in every bite.

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🛒 Ingredients

All the ingredients for this thit kho trung can be found at your local Asian grocery store. (The caramel sauce may be a little trickier lớn find. More about that below.)

Pork belly v. Pork Back Ribs: this decision is entirely up lớn preference you can use pork belly, pork shoulder or pork back ribs. I grew up eating pork back ribs because my dad didn"t lượt thích all the fattiness in pork belly. You can ask your local butcher to lớn cut the ribs in half for the perfect bite size.Large Eggs: You can add more or less eggs in this dish based on your preference!Yellow Onion: the onion also adds lớn a cảm biến of sweetness lớn the dish without using too much added sugar.Garlic: garlic is used as an aromatic khổng lồ the dish. It brings a rich garlic-y flavor that makes it so irresistible.Granulated Sugar: the sugar balances out the savoriness of the dish & adds a cảm ứng of sweetness for that perfect savory & sweet balanceSalt and Pepper: for added seasoningCoconut water with pulp: I find having the pulp in the coconut water adds a layer of sweetness to the dish without using too much added sugar. You can also substitute this with regular coconut water.Nước màu Caramel Sauce: the caramel sauce provides that deep rich browned caramel màu sắc on the pork và eggs. This is a key ingredient in the dish. You can either buy the Nước màu sắc online or at your local Vietnamese restaurant or you can make it from sugar và water yourself at home with the recipe I"ve provided.
The various simple ingredients needed khổng lồ make this satisfying Vietnamese comfort meal.

📝 How to lớn Make Nước color or Caramel Sauce

There are two types of people in the world: 1) People who buy the nước color caramel sauce và 2) People who make it from scratch. Honestly, there is no shame in buying the Nước màu caramel sauce if you are in a crunch. You can find it at your local Vietnamese grocery market. On the other hand, the caramel sauce only requires two ingredients and it is really easy to lớn make at trang chủ too. Whichever method you prefer the result will be just as delicious!

Caramelize the sugar. In a small saucepan, mix together sugar & 1 tablespoon of water. Cook on medium low heat without stirring for for about 10-12 minutes. Vì chưng not stir. Instead every 3 minutes pick up the saucepan & swirl it around khổng lồ prevent from burning. Cook until it darkens khổng lồ a deep amber/black.Add the water. Immediately when it turns black, remove the pan off of the heat & stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons of water until dissolved & thins out the caramel. Be careful the water will splatter. The caramel should be thickened yet runny. Mix aside in a jar lớn cool.
This two-ingredient homemade caramel sauce is a flavor game changer.

📝 How lớn Make Thit Kho Recipe

This thịt kho trung recipe is so incredibly simple yet so comforting and delicious. All you need to vị is boil the eggs, mix all the ingredients together and simmer until reduced. It is that easy. Let"s get started!

Boil the Eggs

Boil & peel the eggs. In a small pot, boil the water. Once the water boils, gently place the eggs in khổng lồ boil for 8-10 minutes. Then strain the water & immediately place the eggs an ice bath to lớn cool. Then peel the eggs & set aside.

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Braise the Ribs and Eggs

Prepare the meat. Chop pork back ribs into 1.5- 2-inch pieces.
Slice halfway between each rib to ensure each piece has a decent portion of meat.Stir fry the onions & garlic. On high heat, in a braiser or shallow pot, heat olive oil, onions và garlic phối until fragrant, and browned.
Onions and garlic should be browned with a savory fragrant smell.Add the remaining ingredients. showroom the chicken bouillon powder, fish sauce, sugar, salt, pepper & 2 tablespoons of caramel until thoroughly mix. Then địa chỉ the ribs and toss khổng lồ coat the ribs for about 30 seconds-1 minute. Lastly, add the coconut water và boiled eggs.After adding in the seasonings and sauce, toss in the ribs to coat. Then đứng đầu off with coconut water.Braise the ribs. Leave on high heat until it boils. Skim the scum that rises to the top. When the pot begins lớn boil, turn down heat to medium-low, cover the pot & let the meat simmer for 90 min-2 hours or until sauce is reduced about ¼. Flip the eggs periodically so the eggs can evenly soak in the sauce.After adding in the boiled eggs you MUST place the lid on to prevent the meat from drying and getting tough.Serve with rice & stir fried greens!
Pair with rice & sauteed greens for a delicious yet simple weeknight meal.

⭐️ Tips For This Recipe

Don"t stir the sugar until it is dark brown. The sugar will crystallize & harden too soon. To cook the caramel evenly, simply lift the pan và slowly swirl it around every few minutes.Stir fry the garlic & onion until browned. This step is so important in releasing the flavors of the garlic and onion which blends beautifully into this dish.Substitute pork ribs for pork belly. This dish is also traditionally made with pork belly instead of pork ribs. You can substitute the pork ribs out for pork belly or you can use a mixture of the two!Adjust the seasoning at the end to taste. When it comes khổng lồ cooking, taste everything. Tinker with the measurements of fish sauce, sugar và salt at the end to get your desired taste.Be patient! to lớn achieve that melt off the bone effect for these ribs, you will need to lớn simmer the meat until the coconut water reduces lớn about ¼ of its original volume.

🥡 Storage Instructions

You can store leftover thit kho trung in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Once you refrigerate this dish, the fat will solidify at the top. You can microwave it and the fat will dissolve. You can also freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.