Vietnamese Caramel Pork

October 16, 2023 / By Foodland

Vietnamese Caramel Pork

“My family and I love this dish because it's relatively cheap and makes a great weeknight dinner! The flavors are well-balanced and the best part is you can cook everything in one pot." - Chef Brenton Lee, Operations Chef
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Dinner
Cuisine Pork
Servings 4


  • 2 pounds Pork butt, boneless, cut into 1' cubes
  • 1/2 cup Shallots, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger, peeled & grated
  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Fish Sauce (Recommend 3 Crabs Fish Sauce Brand)
  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup Scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 Red fresno chile, sliced into thin rings (optional)


  • Cut the boneless pork butt into 1-inch cubes.
  • In a medium sized, heavy bottomed pot brown the pork butt until caramelized on all sides. Work in batches to achieve best results.
  • Once the pork has been browned, remove and pour off extra grease from pot.
  • Return pot to medium heat, add in shallots and ginger and let this sweat for a few minutes. 
  • Return pork to the pot and add in sugar and fish sauce. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer for about 40 minutes. Add water if pot becomes too dry.
  • Once the pork feels tender, add in scallions.  If more heat is desired, add in fresh chiles.
  • Garnish with sliced scallions. Serve with a bowl of white rice. 
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