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Flavor explosion in your plate-try this sticky caramelized pork with rice and you will enjoy every bite of it,i promise!
What can i say about the most delicious pork i ever tried? A perfect balance of salt from soy sauce and brown sugar gives this dish an incredible taste!
And when you simmer it for a while, it gives it that caramel effect, so beloved by everyone. Add some simple white rice and the dish is complete.
If you will serve it for dinner, don’t forget a glass of red dry wine that goes so well with caramelized pork!
What part of pork to use?
I don’t recommend to use any lean part of pork, like loin or tenderloin. The dish will be very dry! The best meat to use will be pork shoulder ( that’s what i used here), pork belly or boneless pork ribs. It has just right amount of fat to keep the pork tender and moist.
How to serve Vietnamese caramel pork
The best way to serve this pork recipe would be probably with plain white rice. It will be a perfect fit for a flavorful pork sauce. Another delicious option for the side will be this sauteed vegetables recipe. Leave them on a crunchy side to freshen up your bowl. Eggplant and tomato salad is also a fantastic option! So delicious together.
Perfect sticky caramelized pork tips
I received lots of comments about this recipe, here and on Pinterest. People love the recipe! But also i got a number of complaints, so lets try to fix mistakes before you actually make them.
Number1. It doesn’t caramelize! Before you start cooking, make sure that your cooking pan is actually a pan and not a pot. You need a large surface to let the liquid evaporate faster. If you will use a deep pot in this recipe, it will take forever for the sauce to get thick.
Number2. It smells bad during cooking! This recipe calls for a fish sauce. Fish sauce is widely used in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine.
It is made from fish or krill that has been salted and fermented for up to two years. This is why it smells pretty bad for some people.
But fish sauce is recognized by its UMAMI flavor in dishes, and that exactly what we are looking for while making this caramelized sticky pork dish.
All the sauces used in this recipe can be found in the Asian market or any grocery store at the Asian food section.
Other pork dinner recipes readers love!
- Instant pot pork roast
- Smoked baby back ribs-with a video!
- Instant pot ragu
- Air fryer pork
- Filipino pork soup– with a video!
- Pork stir fry
I have a helpful article about the pork internal temperature while cooking, great tips!
Sweet caramelized pork with rice
- 2 lb pork butt or boneless ribs
- 1/2 onion
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tspn olive oil
- cooked white rice
- green onions for garnish
- Chop the onion and cut pork in small pieces. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and cook onions and pork for about 5 minutes until the meat is well browned.
- To the same skillet add water, soy sauce, sugar and fish sauce, bring to a light boil and simmer for the next 30 minutes ( or until almost all the water will become a thick, brown caramel like sauce)
- Stir it and serve your caramel pork over rice with some green onions for garnish