Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Caramelized Pork Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 4

1 1/2 lb


100 g

175 ml

20 ml

20 ml

1/2 teaspoon


1/2 teaspoon

2 cloves

2 tablespoon



Pork (cubed)

Onions (sliced)



Nuoc Cham sauce

Lime juice


Red chili pepper (seeded, sliced and chopped)

Five spice powder

Garlic (minced)

Oil (for frying)

Green onions (scallion) chopped; for garnishing

Method :
  • In a heavy-based pan, heat oil, add pork cubes, and turn until brown.

  • Add garlic and onion. Cook until slices separate into rings and are transparent. Remove from heat.

  • In a separate saucepan, mix sugar with water and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer, still stirring, until liquid is golden.

  • Take pot off heat and carefully add Nuoc Cham sauce and lime juice which will spatter. Return to heat, stirring quickly to remove any lumps and until the sauce reduces a little.

  • Quickly return pork, garlic and onions to reheat. Add chili spice and caramel.

  • Cook for 1 minute, stirring until combined.

  • Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle green onions (scallions) on top.


Pour boiling water immediately into pot in which caramel has cooked or the caramel will stick fast and be very difficult to remove.

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