Thit Heo Kho Nuoc Dua - Vietnamese Stewed Pork W/ Coconut Juice

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Another Vietnamese recipe my sister in law shared with me. She made this for me the first time she visited my house. She served this w/ an Opo Squash soup to mellow out the saltiness. A simple egg drop soup or broth works just as well. Traditionally a salty meal is served with rice and a soup to blend all different flavors and textures. Please note: coconut juice is different from coconut milk. It can be found in Asian markets. Caramel Sauce is known as Nuoc Mau & can be found at Asian markets too. Thick soy sauce can be used, although it has a saltier less sweet flavor. If you can't find caramel sauce or thick soy sauce you can make it at home. Recipe at the end of the instructions. I prefer to buy it. :)

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Add oiled to a pan heated to medium-high heat, coat bottom of the pan.
  2. When oil is hot, add garlic, lemongrass, and shallots.
  3. Stir fry about 30 seconds, they will brown.
  4. Turn the heat up to high and add the pork in batches.
  5. Brown the pork on all sides, transfer to a dish and repeat until all the pork is browned.
  6. Add all the pork back to the pan and add caramel sauce, fish sauce, sugar, five spice powder, and the peppers.
  7. Stir well and cook over medium heat, it'll take about 2 minutes for it to become fragrant.
  8. Stir occasionally.
  9. Add the coconut juice and enough chicken stock (or water) or cover the pork.
  10. Bring it to a boil and skim off the foam that rises while it cooks.
  11. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, Covered, for about 1 1/2 hours.
  12. Check occasionally, add more stock or water if it reduces too much.
  13. When the stew is almost done, peel the eggs.
  14. Traditionally the eggs are scored with an large X on one end without cutting the egg all the way through.
  15. I prefer to just quarter the eggs. It's easier and I like the egg yolk mixed into the stew sauce.
  16. Add the eggs to the stew and let it simmer together about 15 more minutes.
  17. Serve Immediately.
  18. FOR CARAMEL SAUCE:.
  19. In a saucepan, combine the sugar with 1/4 cup of water; bring to a boil over high heat. Do not stir! Swirl the pan gentle to dissolve the sugar.
  20. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  21. When the syrup turns deep brown and the bubbles slow down, remove from the heat and add another 1/4 c of hot water.
  22. Return to medium high heat and sit continuously.
  23. The caramel dissolves and becomes thick and syrupy about 3-5 minutes later.
  24. Stir in 1 tsp lemon juice.
  25. Let cool and store covered in a cool dark place.
  26. Makes about 3/4 cups.
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We loved this! Even THE PICKY ONE. :) Lots of great flavor & easy to make. We served it over brown rice. Made for the Asian Forum's Green Eggs & Ham Tag.

Elmotoo March 22, 2008