Caramelized Pork Belly- Thit Kho Tau

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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
YIELD: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Bring 2-3 quarts of water boiling on high, enough to fully submerge the pork. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt and the pork to water for 2-3 minutes just to clean it. Drain then rinse the pork under running water until the water is clear.
  • Heat sugar in a large wok or pot over medium heat, continuously stirring until it melts and caramelizes into a light brown syrup. Burns easily so keep a close eye and be careful to not let it get candied.
  • As soon as sugar reaches the nice amber color, immediately add pork and increase heat to high. Cook and stir to render some of the pork fat, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add fish sauce, soy sauce, salt, and black pepper; stir to evenly coat pork and allow it to get the color on the meat.
  • Stir shallots and garlic into the wok.
  • Pour in coconut water and bring to a boil. Liquid should just cover the pork.
  • Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until pork is tender, about 1 hour. Slowly stir and check about every 20 minutes while the pork is simmering to make sure that the liquid doesn't evaporate too much. Add water a little at a time if sauce seems to be drying out.
  • Remove cover, add hard-boiled eggs. Continue simmering for about 30-40 minutes with the lid off to allow the liquid to reduce into a nice concentrated sauce, stirring occasionally to prevent meat from drying.
  • Remove from the heat and let stand, about 10 minutes. Skim the fat from the surface of the dish.
  • Top with green onions for garnish.
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