Vietnamese Caramel Pork

Vietnamese Caramel Pork

A nice helping of Vietnamese caramel pork can really it's the spot when you feel like eating traditional Asian Cuisine. With this recipe, you'll be able to make it right at home and appease that craving when it arises.

Whether you are a person who enjoys cuisine from other cultures or a Vietnamese citizen who needs a quick recipe to throw together for their family, you will enjoy this easy-to-make dish. There aren't too many ingredients, and the dish is juicy and delicious after some patience and diligence.

Purchasing this dish from a Vietnamese restaurant is okay, but it lacks your special touch. Plus, if you make it well enough, you won't be able to tell the difference between the food you get at a fine restaurant and the dish you make at home. Now let’s get down to business, you’ll want to get out your Cleaver and Chef’s Knife for this recipe! 


  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 2 lb of pork shoulder cut into 3-centimeter cubes
  • A single shallot
  • 1 ½  tablespoon of fish sauce
  • ¼  teaspoon of white pepper
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • ½  cup of brown sugar, tightly packed
  • Finely chopped green onions
  • Red chilis


  1.  Start by putting both sugar and water in a  large pot over medium heat
  2.  stir the mixture until it is combined, wait for the sugar to melt and caramelize, then introduce the other ingredients
  3. After mixing again, adjust the heat, so the pot is vigorously bubbling. A medium heat should do the trick
  4. Let it simmer for about one and a half hours without a lid, stirring now and again
  5. After the liquid reduces a bit and the pork becomes tender, stir the mixture once again to ensure browning
  6. Once all the liquid has evaporated, the pork is now ready.

We recommend serving this dish over some rice and sprinkle some red chili and green onions for garnishment. The serving size is enough to feed about four people.

This traditional Vietnamese dish is great for family dinners, potlucks, and parties. Don't be shy and try your hand at making this easy dish so that you can enjoy a taste of Vietnam.

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