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Food made with love in a Vietnamese mom's kitchen.

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Braised Pork with Eggs (Thịt Kho Trứng)

Braised Pork with Eggs (Thịt Kho Trứng)

Braised pork with eggs is a basic dish. It is probably the one dish that almost every Vietnamese family have had one point or another. My mom makes this for a lot of celebratory events. My oldest sister and I used to love eating this […]

Vegan Stir-fry with Ramen Noodles (Mì Xào Chay)

Vegan Stir-fry with Ramen Noodles (Mì Xào Chay)

My mom is a practicing Buddhist.  So when she has to eat vegetarian during certain lunar calendar events, she makes her vegetarian stir-fry with ramen noodles.  Then, she makes this side sauce for dipping.  And it is so good! Neither my daughter nor I am […]

Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Khổ Qua)

Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Khổ Qua)

When we were young and got sick, my mom would make this stuffed bitter melon soup. At first, I didn’t like the bitterness from the melon. But as I got older, I welcomed the taste. My mom used to pair this soup with braised spareribs. […]

Pate Chaud

Pate Chaud

When I was in college, I had a roommate who taught me how to make Pate Chaud. One day, she just decided to makes them and went out and bought pre-made puff pastry dough. I was like “What? There is pre-made dough?” You have to […]

Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Xả Ớt)

Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Xả Ớt)

I love lemongrass.  The fragrance is so refreshing.  You can use it soups (Spicy Beef Noodle soup) or braise with chicken in this spicy lemongrass chicken dish. Lemongrass is a little tough.  You usually only want to use the white part of the herb.  For […]

Caramelized Pork Spareribs and Shrimp (Sườn Tôm Ram)

Caramelized Pork Spareribs and Shrimp (Sườn Tôm Ram)

Caramelized pork spareribs and shrimp is a great dish to be eaten with rice.  The saltiness and sweetness of the dish are balanced with the blandness of rice.  It’s a simple dish to make and is also a great accompaniment to soups. My mom used to […]

Baked Salmon Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn Cá Salmon)

Baked Salmon Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn Cá Salmon)

This version of spring rolls is for you, pescatarians.  Baked salmon spring rolls are delicious and so easy to make.  It’s pretty nutritious, too, if you ask me. So, I was just at our local Fred Meyer.  They had a whole salmon on sale for […]

Tamarind Dipping Sauce (Nước Mắm Me)

Tamarind Dipping Sauce (Nước Mắm Me)

This tamarind dipping sauce is my sister’s concoction.  We had fish spring rolls at her house and she made this sauce to dip the spring rolls.  My Caucasian husband actually liked it.  He doesn’t like fish sauce, but I think the tamarind in this sauce […]

Vietnamese Beef Stew (Bò Kho)

Vietnamese Beef Stew (Bò Kho)

My husband really enjoys my Vietnamese beef stew.  We usually eat it with a baguette or pho rice noodles.  Since he can’t have gluten, I usually make the pho rice noodle version for him.  He just absolutely loves it. So, my mom gave me this recipe.  […]

Pho Rolls (Phở Cuốn)

Pho Rolls (Phở Cuốn)

I’m so excited about these pho rolls.  When you have a hankering for the taste of pho, but you have no time to make it, try pho rolls.  The rolls are made from rice flour and tapioca starch mix batter.  They resemble the pho noodles.  […]


Featured Recipe

Braised Pork with Eggs (Thịt Kho Trứng)

Braised Pork with Eggs (Thịt Kho Trứng)

Braised pork with eggs is a basic dish. It is probably the one dish that almost every Vietnamese family have had one point or another. My mom makes this for a lot of celebratory events.

My oldest sister and I used to love eating this dish with rice.  We’d put the pork and eggs and sauce into a big bowl, then dump a ton of the garlic chili sauce (aka garlic rooster sauce) into the sauce.  On the side, we’d make pickled bean sprouts and Chinese chives by soaking them in vinegar, sugar, water mixture.  OMG, it was so good!

My husband isn’t a huge fan of Vietnamese food.  There are a few dishes he will eat and this is one of them. He, however, does not like the fat or skin.  So, I buy the pork shoulder from my local chain market for him. I still use pork belly/pork legs (with fat and skin on) for the rest of us.

Of course, you could make this using your pressure cooker.  If you have an Instant Pot, make the caramel sauce, add the garlic and shallots, and sear the meat.  Then add the rest of the seasonings and set it to manual, high pressure, and cook for twenty minutes.

Otherwise, for the people who don’t have a pressure cooker and want to cook this using the conventional method of cooking, here’s the recipe.

A note on the pork and eggs.  Use as many eggs as you would like.  You could also use quail eggs instead.  As for the pork, use whatever cut of pork you like.  But I don’t recommend pork tenderloin.  You want a cut that has some fat for flavor.

pork leg
Pork leg with skin and fat
pork legs cut up
Bite-size pieces

 

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Braised Pork with Eggs (Thịt Kho Trứng)

Yummy pork with eggs braised in a caramel sauce, seasoned with fish sauce and coconut soda.

Ingredients

  • 2-2.5 lbs pork leg (or preferred cut of pork) - cut into bite size pieces
  • 3-5 eggs boiled and peeled

Caramel sauce

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3-1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 chopped shallot

Seasoning

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 can Coco coconut soda (use coconut water if you can't find the soda)
  • 1-2 cups water (will use gradually)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, add 1/3 cup sugar and turn heat over medium heat.  

  2. The sugar will start to caramelize after a few minutes.

  3. Let it caramelize a little longer to where it gets a little dark.

    darken sugar
  4. Pour in 1/3 or 1/2 cup water.  The sugar will clump up.  Just use a spatula or chopsticks to mix.  The sugar won't dissolve completely.  It's ok.  

    sugar caramelizing
  5. Add the vegetable oil and mix.

  6. Then add the garlic and shallot and stir until fragrant.

  7. Dump in the cut pork and try to coat the pork pieces with the sauce.

    pork added to caramelized sauce
  8. Season the pot with salt, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, then pour the coconut soda/coconut water into the pot.

  9. Add the boiled eggs to the pot.

  10. Pour in about one cup of water, or enough water to cover the meat and eggs.

  11. Let the pot boil and skim off any impurities.  

  12. Simmer on low-medium heat and continue to skim impurities.

  13. Water will evaporate, so continue adding water until the meat is cooked and tender to your liking.

  14. Taste the "broth" and adjust as necessary.